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 366,413 page views. Her biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Sonia Rykiel is the 1,044th most popular writer (up from 1,172nd in 2019), the 1,201st most popular biography from France (up from 1,314th in 2019) and the 156th most popular Writer.

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

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Among writers, Sonia Rykiel ranks 1,044 out of 5,755Before her are John Malalas, Will Durant, Corinna, Robert Merle, Al-Mutanabbi, and Bulat Okudzhava. After her are Ellen Key, Bharata Muni, Khachatur Abovian, Robert de Montesquiou, Natalie Clifford Barney, and D. T. Suzuki.

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Among people born in 1930, Sonia Rykiel ranks 74Before her are Luce Irigaray, Gérard Genette, Derek Walcott, Pierre Bergé, Ivan Silayev, and Richard Donner. After her are Gaafar Nimeiry, Ben Gazzara, Buck Henry, Michel Serres, Zhores Alferov, and Chinua Achebe. Among people deceased in 2016, Sonia Rykiel ranks 64Before her are Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Viktor Korchnoi, Esma Redžepova, Patricio Aylwin, Vesna Vulović, and Takahito, Prince Mikasa. After her are Ahmed Zewail, Toots Thielemans, Margot Honecker, Michel Tournier, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, and Gabriele Amorth.

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In France

Among people born in France, Sonia Rykiel ranks 1,201 out of 6,011Before her are Étienne Cabet (1788), Antoine Jérôme Balard (1802), Louis Jacques Thénard (1777), Jean Gaston Darboux (1842), Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois (1819), and Marie-Louise O'Murphy (1737). After her are Gérard Mourou (1944), Louis Jourdan (1921), Bon-Adrien Jeannot de Moncey (1754), Robert de Montesquiou (1855), Maurice Ronet (1927), and Lúcio Costa (1902).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Sonia Rykiel ranks 156Before her are Paulinus of Nola (354), Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780), Nicolas Chamfort (1741), Johannes Tauler (1300), Comtessa de Dia (1175), and Julien Green (1900). After her are Robert de Montesquiou (1855), Adalberon (947), Madeleine de Scudéry (1607), Marcel Pagnol (1895), Heinrich Kramer (1430), and Jean Giraudoux (1882).