Sonia Rykiel by Dominique Issermann, 1980

« Je suis une imposture de la mode. Je n’ai jamais étudié la couture, je ne sais pas tricoter et malgré ça, je suis devenue la reine du tricot, si ça ce n’est pas une imposture. »

“I’m a fashion fraude. I never studied couture, I don’t know how to knit and still I became the queen of knitwear.”

 

Sonia Rykiel and her first store, 1968

Sonia Rykiel and her first store, 1968

 

“First I made a dress because I was pregnant and I wanted to be the most beautiful pregnant woman. Then I made a sweater because I wanted to have one that wasn’t like anyone else’s.”

 

“Sometimes in the fashion industry we come across some unfair rules, but no one is obliged to follow them.”

 

“It’s not true that clothes look better on skinny girls; what counts is the attitude.”

 

“I think that there are so many women who understand nothing about clothes and they should try and understand themselves before they start putting on disguises: they should stand in front of the mirror for a day, two days or three, and find out what they have which is beautiful, interesting and what they should show: hair, neck, arms or hands.

 

“How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?”

 

“Perfume follows you; it chases you and lingers behind you. It’s a reference mark. Perfume makes silence talk.”

 

“The essence of seduction for me in a man, although it stems from his rough, almost rough-neck looks, still contains something of the woman: he must be seductive and intelligent.”

 

Quotes by Sonia Rykiel, cover photo: Sonia Rykiel by Dominique Issermann, 1980

Sonia Rykiel in her store, Paris, 4 juin 1965, photo by Roger Viollet

Sonia Rykiel in her store, Paris, 4 juin 1965, photo by Roger Viollet