Sonia Rykiel

1930 - 2016

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Sonia Rykiel (née Flis; French pronunciation: [sɔn.ja ʁi.kjɛl]; 25 May 1930 – 25 August 2016) was a French fashion designer and writer. She created the Poor Boy Sweater, which was featured on the cover of French Elle magazine. Her knitwear designs and new fashion techniques led her to be dubbed the "Queen of Knits". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sonia Rykiel has received more than 423,430 page views. Her biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Sonia Rykiel is the 1,066th most popular writer (down from 1,036th in 2019), the 1,220th most popular biography from France (down from 1,197th in 2019) and the 160th most popular French Writer.

Sonia Rykiel is most famous for her knitwear, and she is credited with popularizing the "unisex" look.

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    Languages Editions (L)

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Notable Works

Les lèvres rouges
Dictionnaire déglingué
Paris, sur les pas de Sonia Rykiel
Et je la voudrais nue


Among writers, Sonia Rykiel ranks 1,066 out of 7,302Before her are Zelda Fitzgerald, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Titus Pomponius Atticus, Egeria, Ernst Toller, and Valerie Solanas. After her are Madeleine de Scudéry, Ilia Chavchavadze, Diana Wynne Jones, Dionysius Thrax, Robert Graves, and Elsa Morante.

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Among people born in 1930, Sonia Rykiel ranks 74Before her are Gena Rowlands, Ivan Silayev, Magdalena Abakanowicz, David Dacko, Chinua Achebe, and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma. After her are James Irwin, Gérard Genette, Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen, Richard Donner, Ben Gazzara, and Luce Irigaray. Among people deceased in 2016, Sonia Rykiel ranks 67Before her are Hilary Putnam, Robert Vaughn, Jacques Rivette, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, Michel Tournier, and Vesna Vulović. After her are Marvin Minsky, Walter Kohn, Chyna, Queen Anne of Romania, Thomas Luckmann, and Michel Butor.

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In France

Among people born in France, Sonia Rykiel ranks 1,220 out of 6,770Before her are Maurice Thorez (1900), Louis, Count of Évreux (1276), Isabella of Hainault (1170), Vanessa Paradis (1972), Franck Ribéry (1983), and Jean-Marie Leclair (1697). After her are André Antoine (1858), Madeleine de Scudéry (1607), Philippe Troussier (1955), Jean Vigo (1905), Camille Jordan (1838), and Charles, Duke of Berry (1686).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Sonia Rykiel ranks 160Before her are B. H. Liddell Hart (1895), Paulinus of Nola (354), Marcel Pagnol (1895), Michel Tournier (1924), Paul Bourget (1852), and Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (1838). After her are Madeleine de Scudéry (1607), Charles Péguy (1873), Jean Giono (1895), Alain-Fournier (1886), Clément Marot (1495), and Michel Butor (1926).