Sonia Rykiel, Fashion Designer for the ‘Fragile, but Strong,’ Dies at 86

August 25, 2016 10:33 AM

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Sonia Rykiel, Fashion Designer for the ‘Fragile, but Strong,’ Dies at 86

Her typical patron? “She is fragile, but strong,” Ms. Rykiel told The New York Times in 1987. “We are working women. Also, we have the problem of children, of men, to take care of our houses, so many things. I try to explain that in my clothes. They are clothes for everyday life.”

Unlike many designers whose lives center on fashion, Ms. Rykiel was also a writer, and her works included magazine columns, a novel, a children’s book, an epistolary exchange with the writer Régine Deforges, and books on fashion and her own life. Her Paris apartment, with black-lacquered walls and p...

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