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Sonia Rykiel
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Rykiel in 2009
Sonia Flis

25 May 1930(1930-05-25)
Died 25 August 2016(2016-08-25) (aged 86)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Occupation Fashion designer, writer
Spouse(s) Sam Rykiel (m. 1953–1968) «start: (1953)–end+1: (1969)»"Marriage: Sam Rykiel to Sonia Rykiel" Location: (linkback:
Children Nathalie Rykiel
Jean-Philippe Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel (25 May 1930 – 25 August 2016) was a French fashion designer and writer.[1] She created the Poor Boy Sweater, which was featured on the cover of French Elle magazine. She was given the nickname "Queen of Knits" because of her knitwear designs. The Sonia Rykiel label began in 1968 when she opened her first store, making clothing, accessories and perfumes. Rykiel was also a writer and her first book was published in 1979. In 2012, Rykiel said she was suffering from Parkinson's disease. She died from complications of the disease on 25 August 2016.[2]


  1. Champenois, Sabrina (4 December 2008). "L'impératrice rousse" (in French). Libération. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
  2. France 24: Iconic French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dies at 86 - France 24, accessdate: September 1, 2016