Is Sonia Rykiel the French fashion designer still alive?

Sadly, Sonia Rykiel a pioneer of Parisian womenswear from the late 1960s onwards, has died from a Parkinson’s disease-related illness.

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel has died at the age of 86. Her daughter, Nathalie Rykiel, broke the news to the press today:

“My mother died at 05:00 this morning at her home in Paris from the effects of Parkinson’s.”

She was diagnosed with the disease more than 15 years ago. Sonia Rykiel opened her first store in Paris in 1968 on the Left Bank. Despite becoming synonymous with knitwear, casual-chic and the infamous “poor boy” sweaters – fitted ribbed jumpers with raised armholes that narrowed the torso and shoulders – her legacy is more focused on pioneering womenswear at a time when women were expected to wear sombre tones and skirts. Read more at The Guardian.

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