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R.I.P. Sonia Rykiel – a woman of true reinvention

26 August 2016
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Sonia Rykiel, Designer Known As The 'Queen Of Knitwear,' Dies

If fashion is art, Sonia Rykiel is considered a master. Women's Wear Daily dubbed her the "queen of knitwear" — though she was the first to admit she didn't know how to knit — and her designs have been shown in museums. Rykiel, who had Parkinson's disease, died Thursday morning at her home in Paris. She was 86.

Artistic, independent, rebellious, Rykiel embodied the intellectual chic and feminism of Paris in the late 1960s. She wanted women to look both powerful and sexy. Above all, she wanted to give them complete freedom of movement. Knitwear wasn't new when she started making clothes, but Rykiel made it fashionable. With vibrant stripes or simple black, her clothes hugged a woman's body.

"She rejected linings and embraced exposed seams, defiantly decreeing that the sweater should be worn against the naked skin," according to her website.

"I can smoke, and I can drink, and I don't really keep fit — I would love to do it more. I don't think I would ever have plastic surgery; there isn't anything I'd want to change. My view is that you have to deal with who you are. It's hard work, in a way, but somebody has to do it." R.I.P.

Photo & Make up :Israel Escareño Chong

Hair & Style :Erika Camacho Segura

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