Celebrating and Remembering Fashion Visionary Sonia Rykiel

Liberator, originator, and fashion icon Sonia Rykiel died Thursday from complications from Parkinson’s disease.

According to her website, Rykiel urged women to be seductive, mysterious, eccentric, and to create their own style.

Often declared as the "Queen of Knits," Rykiel made her breakthrough in 1962 with the poor boy sweater (a fitted garment with long sleeves). The iconic piece was later published on the cover of ELLE in 1963.

Rykiel was widely celebrated for helping society to evolve by creating clothes for a wide variety of people — from pregnant women to chief executives, to anyone who wanted value and style.

French President Francois Hollande praised her as a pioneer and told the BBC, "Rykiel invented not just a style but also an attitude and a way of living."

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