French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dies at 86

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Known for her brightly colored striped sweater dresses, Sonia Rykiel dies. Angela Moore reports.

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dies at 86

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel has died.

Known for her brightly coloured striped sweater dresses, Rykiel founded her fashion house in 1968 when France was rocked by violent student riots.

Her aim was to create a counter-culture to the stiff, bourgeois dress code at the time with inside-out stitches and extra-short skirts.

Born in 1930, Rykiel was one of the first designers to create tightly-fitting sweater dresses that revealed women’s body contours.

In 1995, she passed on the creative and management leadership to her daughter Nathalie, just around the time she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Rykiel wrote about her life and her illness in a book she published in 2012 in collaboration with journalist Judith Perrignon called “Don’t forget that I am acting.”

Rykiel was 86.

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