1947 year. Rykiel, 17, works as a window designer in a typical Parisian ready-to-wear store. Her installation of colored scarves attracts the attention of the artist Henri Matisse, who immediately buys everything.
1961 year. Expecting her second child, Sonya cannot find comfortable clothes all over Paris. Then she invents and makes - for herself and for sale - maternity dresses and small knitted sweaters, nicknamed "Orphan". Rykiel exhibits them in the store of her husband Sam.
1963 year. The December issue of French Elle comes with a cover featuring the idol of local youth, singer Françoise Hardy, wearing a striped Sonia Rykiel pullover. A few days later, Audrey Hepburn comes into the store and asks to wrap her 14 sweaters in all available colors.
1968 year. Rykiel opened a company under her own name and a store on the left bank of the Seine in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, a favorite destination for students and bohemians. She becomes the second designer to settle here after Yves Saint Laurent, whose store opened a year earlier. In the same year, the American newspaper Women's Wear Daily calls her "the queen of knitwear."
1979 year. In addition to design, Rykiel tries his hand at the epistolary genre - and not without success. Her first novel "Et Je La Voudrais Nue" in the form of a diary becomes a kind of creative manifesto for the designer. She has written 12 books in total, including fashion books, novels, a collection of children's stories, and an autobiography. In 1996, Sonya Rykiel will release the ironic erotic novel "Scarlet Lips", which tells, in her own words, about the "love triangle between a woman, a man and a sweater."
1982 year. Sonja Rykiel is invited to redesign the lobby, bar and rooms at the Parisian Hôtel de Crillon. Three years ago, her Art Deco bar furniture was sold at auction for almost five times the estimate. And in 1985, Rykiel completely remodeled the interiors of the Hôtel Lutetia.
1985 year. President of the French Republic François Mitterrand awards the designer the Order of the Knight of the Legion of Honor (and in 2008 Rykiel will become his commander).
1986 year. In New York, Rykiel meets the artist Andy Warhol, who invites her to his studio, The Factory. “I think he liked the color of my hair,” Sonia later recalls. “He took hundreds of Polaroid shots while I posed for him for four hours or so. And then my portrait appeared. " The designer also admits that at first she did not like the picture, but over time she changed her attitude towards it.
1994 year. Sonya Rykiel starred as herself in Robert Altman's acclaimed film Haute Couture, which hits American screens on Christmas Day. The director came up with the idea for the film after he attended the Rykiel show. The image of the main character of the film, performed by Anuk Eme, is based on the personality of Sonya herself.
1995 year. Composer and producer Malcolm McLaren, founder and manager of the legendary Sex Pistols, invites Rykiel to record the song "Who the Hell Is Sonia Rykiel?" for the album "Paris".
2008 year. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Sonia Rykiel house, the show of the spring-summer collection ends with a surprise: 30 world designers from Jean-Paul Gaultier to the American duo Rodarte present their versions of what is called the Sonia Rykiel look.
year 2009. Rykiel decides to retire, finally handing over the reins of government to his daughter Natalie, who in 1995 became the artistic director of the house, and in 2007 - its president.
year 2012. Rykiel's latest book, N'Oubliez Pas Que Je Joue, is published, in which she talks about the progressive Parkinson's disease, diagnosed with her 15 years ago, and how she managed to keep it a secret even from her family - until then until the symptoms were hidden.>