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Xuly Bët

Victoria L. Rovine

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Lamine Badian Kouyaté is the product of the cosmopolitan African culture of both urban Africa and the African diaspora. He was born in Bamako, the capital of the West African country Mali, in 1962. His father was a government minister in the first postcolonial administration, and his mother was a doctor from Senegal. Kouyaté’s father was imprisoned during the 1968 coup d’état, when President Modibo Keita was overthrown by Moussa Traoré, who led a repressive, dictatorial government until 1992. The

African Fashion Designers

Victoria L. Rovine

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Fashion design is an increasingly visible realm of African creative expression. Fashion designers throughout Africa, most of them based in large cities, produce clothing in a vast range of styles. This small but growing industry has produced a handful of internationally successful designers and many more designers who have achieved prominence in local or regional markets. African fashion design provides insights into complexities of contemporary national and ethnic identities in Africa. It vividl

Working the Edge: XULY.Bët’s Recycled Clothing

Victoria L. Rovine

Source: Old Clothes, New Looks. Second Hand Fashion 2005

Book chapter

XULY.Bët’s recycled clothing, one among several styles produced by the company, has consistently drawn the attention of the fashion and popular press in Europe and, less prominently, in the United States. Major periodicals including Le Monde, The New York Times, Glamour, Essence, Elle and Vogue have all featured articles on Kouyaté and his work (Renaux, 1994). The designer manages to balance the trendiness that generally draws the attention of the fashion press with a complex sense of his cultura

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