The Queen of Knit Wear–Sonia Rykiel Vintage 1980’s


Vintage 1980’s Sonia Rykiel, Separate Classic Cotton and Cotton Knits. The 3 pieces are simply amazing.  The preppy 80’s look, who can forget wearing your sweater tied around your neck, khakis, loafers, big hair and your BMW. All symbolic in the 1980’s. Condition; Good Vintage to Very Good/Excellent. Sweater’s are in–Very Good/Excellent; no snags, tears, holes, or discoloration. Pants have 2 small spots which did not come out in cleaning. First spot, located on the inside of inner left leg thigh area and Second spot, (extremely light) is on the front, right leg of pants. The second spot is not visible or noticeable on the picture, but I know! So, I drew a line/arrow to depict area, please review last picture for flaws.  All 3 items have been dry cleaned and ready to wear.

Here, we have a swirl knit top in red and slate blue, same color combination on tie scarf/sweater and wide leg Crop pants in lighter slate blue. The back of scarf/sweater has a design of a knitted white beret hat on back with embellishment (none missing) as the pompom on top. Pants have 5″zipper in front, with one top button outside and inside at waist for closure.  Pants have side pockets and one pocket at back side. Both sweater’s and pants have signature gold tone ball affixed with the initials SR. Please refer to measurements listed below.

The measurements of garment were taken lying flat: Please Double; Sweater Bust; 17.5″. Actual: Sleeve Length 20″, Shoulder to Hemline 22″. Sweater Scarf Actual; Tie Length; 62″(end to end), Width; 21″ Neck to hemline 26″. Pants;  Please Double; Waist 15″, Hip 22″. Actual; Length 33″(waist  to hemline), Rise 12″, Inseam 22″. Modern Size: Sweater’s; Size 6 and Pants; Size 8 (based on alteration–see below)

Notation: I notice that Pants have had a slight alteration; At waistline, pant was let out about 1″ on both sides, as well as the center back seam 1″.  Alteration done  professionally by a seamstress and/or a tailor.

Ms. Sonia Rykiel (1930-2016) Was a French designer and writer.  The publication WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) dubbed her as the Queen of Knitwear. She created the Poor Boy sweater. The use of soft knit fabric often stripes became her trademark and the rest is history. She wanted women to feel powerful but, give them the movement of freedom. Ms. Rykiel designs span from 1960’s to mid 2000’s.

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