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Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel


Birth date: May 25, 1930
Country: France
Brand Name: Sonia Rykiel
Labels: Sonia Rykiel
Other Product Lines: Fragrances, Lingerie, Accessories, Childrens Clothing, Menswear, Beauty


In 1962, when Sonia Rykiel was pregnant, she couldn't find any soft sweaters to wear, and so starting designing and sewing stylish maternity wear for herself. This marked the beginning of Rykiel's design career. The striking redhead is today dubbed by Americans as "the Queen of Knits” and “Coco Rykiel,” and notoriously started her career in the most extraordinary fashion, with no formal training or experience to her name. Over the years, Rykiel has proved that knitwear can follow any trend. Her “non-precious” creations and lifestyle have transformed her into one of the major representatives of the liberated woman.

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Designer Facts

Top Facts:

  • The first maternity dress and tiny sweater that Sonia Rykiel designed, she named “The Poor Boy.”  The sweater made it onto the cover of Elle magazine.
  • Rykiel has written many books, including an A to Z of fashion, and a collection of children's stories.
  • In 1980, she was voted one of the world's 10 most elegant women.
  • In 2009, Rykiel collaborated with the Swedish retailer H&M, and introduced an underwear collection -- “Sonia Rykiel pour H&M.”
  • Rykiel suffers from Parkinson's Disease.


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