• Rosio Ibarra

Math teacher creating fashion prints from math equations

Diarra Bousso Gueye began making clothing for her dolls, and she has had fashion aspirations ever since, according to CNN. Later, she came up with a way to bring her love of fashion to her math classroom.

Her brand Diarrablu started using math concepts such as geometric transformations and quadratic transformations to create multiple prints in bold colors. According to CNN, her work is fully focused on using mathematics for the creative process.

One of her prints is the Joal print, which was inspired by a class on exponential and quadratic functions.

Photo from CNN about Joal print designed by Diarra Bousso Gueye

According to Gueye, the seashell shapes were digitally-generated and graphed to create clam seashell shapes on swimsuits, kimonos, and dresses.

The Gueye clothing label was launched in 2015, and a few years later she started using math equations in her designs. She currently shuttles between the U.S., where she teaches math in a Silicon Valley high school, and Senegal, West Africa, where her clothes are made.

She said the her birthplace features heavily in her work and one of her collections, the Joal print, is inspired by a Senegalese coastal town.

In 2013, she left Wall Street and then registered her fashion brand. She started organizing fashion weeks and events in countries, including the U.S. and Senegal, before embarking on a Master's in mathematics at the school of Stanford University.

According to CNN, Gueye's growth in Africa has been exponential. In coming years, she says she wants more collaborations between designers on the continent. Gueye is part of a creative wave of designers who are innovating African fashion, an industry that is expanding rapidly.