Born in Paris, Sonia Rykiel is known for her knitwear collection, usage of bold colours and graphics in her designs. Her motivation for pursuing design came when she became pregnant and was frustrated with maternity clothing. Sonia Rykiel had an idea to change traditional baggy and loose maternity clothing and created a tight-fitting bodice and skirt. She would continue to design a figure-hugging jersey-knit sweater with high armholes later to be called ‘poor boy’. As Sonia Rykiel continued to pump out iconic pieces, she became crowned as ‘Queen of Knitwear’ by Women’s Wear Daily.