This designer’s name is Lamine Badian Kouyaté, but the letter X comes into play in the name of his fashion line which means “keep an open mind.” He began by taking cast offs and second hand clothing finds and reworking them into new pieces. Xuly Bet was launched in 1989. The first show, a guerilla show, was held in the rain outside Jean Paul Gaultier’s tent.
Here are some of his early pieces. Note the two tops made of nylons layered over the dress in the second picture.
His more recent work has left behind the raw seams of his early work, but are still full of ripe luscious color, amazing prints, stretch fabrics, and shine.
For those who do not know who the Fashion Maven speaks of when she mentions the revered name of Selina Shirley. She is the latest bright star at the House of Shirley established long ago, far in the future on the Federation planet, Tallav. Her love story has been published in Maon: Marshal of Tallav.
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