Remembering sonia rykiel

At the 87th year of her life, French couturier and the founder of her own Fashion House Sonia Rykiel passed away. Sonya Rickel was born on the outskirts of Paris on May 25, 1930 in the family of a Romanian watchmaker and his Russian wife. Sonya's first husband, Rickel, was the owner of a knitwear shop: she created her first knit dresses, adding to the assortment of the family store. In 1962, a model of a sweater in a horizontal white-black-red-pink stripe appeared - it had long sleeves and a short, narrowed bottom. A year later, Poor Boy Sweater (“The poor guy’s sweater”) got on the cover of Elle magazine (in it was the aspiring singer Francoise Hardy posed) and Richel came to popularity. Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn appeared among the faithful customers of Sonia Rykiel, and after some time she divorced and on the advice of her ex-husband in 1968 founded her own fashion house Sonia Rykiel. Business Rykiel led very successfully, without fear of taking on new projects.

Sonia Rykiel in June 1965.

She was called “the queen of knitwear”, but Ms. Rykiel also designed the interior design for the Paris hotel Crillion (1972), a collection for a catalog of mail orders, produced clothes for children, accessories and perfume. In 2010, the fashion house Sonia Rykiel announced the creation of a collection of interior fabrics, and in the same year an exhibition of drawings by Riquel was held in Paris.

Sofa model Mah Jong, designed by Hans Hopfer. Roche Bobois. Upholstery and carpet from Sonia Rykiel Maison.

Chic home textiles are produced in cooperation with the famous French publisher Lelievre: the collections of upholstery fabrics of bed linen, towels, pillows and rugs with the monogram SR constantly contain bright saturated colors, a clear print and original ornament.

Advertising campaign Sonia Rykiel 2015. Реклама нижнего белья для марки H&M. Реклама нижнего белья для марки H&M.

В 2009 году Рикель была награждена орденом Почетного легиона за свой вклад в модную индустрию Франции. В том же году марка выпустила коллекцию нижнего белья с брендом H&M. В 2010-м дом Sonia Rykiel объявил о создании линейки интерьерных тканей, в том же году в La Gallerie Catherine Houard прошла выставка рисунков Рикель.

In 1995, beginning to suffer from Parkinson's disease, she appointed her daughter Natalie to the post of general and artistic director of the Sonia Rykiel house. Since 2012, the fashion house Sonia Rykiel has been owned by First Heritage Brands, the investment fund of the Chinese Fung Group. Natalie Rickel remains a company consultant. A year ago, Nathalie Rickel published a book that describes her relationship with her sick mother and “the day your mother becomes your child.” “I dedicated my life to building the image of my mother,” writes Natalie. - I know that now it is a myth and an icon of fashion. Her incredible fate has become part of the story. ”

Advertising campaign Sonia Rykiel spring-summer 2014. Photographer Craig McDean.

“From the very beginning, she built her Universe with her own attitude to detail and sewing skills,” says Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. - She had her own view of a woman and femininity, who did not separate a woman from society. Sonia Rykiel has always welcomed the initiatives of young designers. We have always believed with her that clothing is not only an ornament, but also a manifesto. Her design is a bridge between fashion, literature and activism. ”