French designer Sonia Rykiel, known to the fashion industry as the Queen of Knitware, has died at the age of 86.

Rykiel is known best for her contributions to liberate women’s fashion, especially following the 60s and 70s. Her “poor boy sweaters” with their multi-colored stripes and bold patterns gave women alternatives to the suits they had been wearing, allowing for a much more relaxed style.

She got her start when she became pregnant and designed knitwear for herself as maternity dresses. Following that, she began designing items for her husband’s boutique, and eventually opened her own store on the Left Bank in Paris in 1968. Women’s Wear Daily, a fashion trade publication, called her “the queen of knitwear.”

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