While most people tend to be left-brain or right-brain, Diarra Bousso has both cylinders firing to a beautiful effect. While mathematics and art are two very different disciplines, this Senegalese talent has managed to intertwine these disparate passions to create an impressive fashion house.
She started out with a blog featuring her one-off designs but knew nothing about how the industry worked. She traveled to China and Turkey to learn about supply chains and to New York and Paris fashion weeks to network.
Back in Dakar Bousso developed the brand but struggled with her reliance on the limited textiles available from local markets. Needing a new challenge, she relocated to California to study creative mathematics at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, where, in 2015 she hit on the idea that has come to define Diarrablu.
“I started using mathematical code to create textile patterns. The programming takes time but once it’s done, I can come up with thousands of iterations just by changing a few numbers