The revelation comes from Rykiel's new book, co-authored by Judith Perrignon and published by L’Iconoclaste. N’Oubliez Pas Que Je Joue, or Don’t Forget It’s a Game in English, features the designer's reflections on the disease which has plagued her for over a decade, interspersed with Perrignon’s recollections of several meetings with Rykiel.
Though the 81-year-old designer appeared increasingly frail in public, it seems very few knew of her struggle with Parkinson's. Indeed Rykiel said she had attempted to keep it a secret for as long as possible, and only now decided to come forward because some of the symptoms, such as trembling, were becoming more noticeable. “I don’t want to show my pain. I resisted, I hesitated, I tried to be invisible, to pretend that nothing was wrong. It’s impossible, it’s not like me,” she writes in her new book, adding that colleagues persuaded her not to be photographed with the cane she used for walking.
While Sonia's daughter Nathalie took helm of the brand a number of years ago, the label has remained true to it's namesake designer's DNA, and will no doubt continue to inject some of Sonia's signature joie de vivre into fashion week each season.
N'Oubliez Pas Que Je Joue is available for pre-order now at Amazon UK.