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Sonia Rykiel, Fall/Winter 1986

Emily M. Orr

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

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Held in the Tuileries Gardens on Sunday 23 March 1986 at 6 p.m., Sonia Rykiel’s fall/winter fashion show was a lengthy and glorious celebration of creativity and drama, offering a series of distinct acts of design. Figure-hugging knit silhouettes in vibrant pink as well as subdued tones of camel, black, and white were luxurious enough to transition from day to night. Panné velvet dresses with rows of provocative ruffles declared a new direction in glamour. Matching purses in the shape of oversize

Sonia Rykiel, Fall/Winter 1998

Emily M. Orr

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

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Celebrating her thirtieth anniversary, Sonia Rykiel presented her 1998 fall/winter collection at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The show was saturated in extravagance through looks from day to evening, and sportswear to formalwear. “No one has ever made skiwear look that glamorous,” reported the New York Times. Feminine touches in floral prints, seductive necklines, and bra tops were balanced with low-slung, wide-leg trousers with patch pockets. The collection included not only womenswear

Sonia Rykiel, Spring/Summer 1983

Emily M. Orr

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

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Sonia Rykiel’s collection of spring/summer 1983 expressed great flamboyance and fun in a range of body-conscious silhouettes. Pastel colors, soft ties along necklines, floral prints, and white pantyhose and gloves set tones of soft femininity. “Pure Sonia Rykiel” was best shown off through “long knitted cardigans with flounced ruffle knit skirts,” along with a number of separates in signature primary colored stripes. Theatricality reigned as models danced down the runway, wore life preservers, an

Sonia Rykiel, Spring/Summer 1995

Emily M. Orr

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

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In Paris on Wednesday 12 October 1994, at 2:30 p.m., Sonia Rykiel presented her spring/summer 1995 collection at the Carrousel du Louvre, an underground mall in Paris, prominently scheduled between Helmut Lang and Vivienne Westwood. The designer offered a great variety of inspirations for the upcoming season: sailor stripes, polka dots, cropped sweaters with floral embroidery, sleek satin gowns with seaming along every curve, and pants as well as tops with defined cargo pockets. Knitwear in solid

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