Her daughter, Nathalie Rykiel, who is also the managing and artistic director of the Sonia Rykiel fashion label, said: "My mother diet at 5:00 this morning at her home in PAris from the effects of Parkinson's."
Sonia Rykiel (Flis) was born in May 1930 in Paris. She began her career as a window dresser in 1948. She made her breakthrough in yeard later in 1962 with the Poor Boy Sweater, which had long sleeves. Her sweater was featured on the cover of Elle magazine, worn by teenage pop star Francois Hardy, in December of 1963.
Other stars that were also photographed in her work included Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn. Rykiel opened her first sore in 1968 in Paris, and began working on her fashion empire, which grew to include menswear, children's clothing, accessories and perfumes. At the age of 67, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's, but this information was revealed to the public 15 years later, in 2012.
Sonia Rykiel was one of the most influential fashion designers of women’s pret-a-porter fashion. Her legacy will live on!