Sonia Rykiel on living with Parkinson’s disease
In a new book, French designer Sonia Rykiel has revealed that she has suffered with Parkinson’s disease for fifteen years.
The 81-year-old fashion designer’s illness has been revealed in a new book co-written by French journalist Judith Perrignon, called N’oubliez pas que je joue (Don’t forget it’s a game).In the book, the illness is referred to in code as “P de P”, which stands for ‘Putain de Parkinson’ – or ‘bitch of Parkinson’s’ in English.
WWD report that Madame Rykiel chose to lift the lid on her condition after no longer being able to keep its symptoms, such as trembling, a secret.
She writes: “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” adding that her colleagues at the fashion house she founded would not let her be photographed with the cane she has been using for several years.
Rykiel’s daughter Nathalie has headed up the creative direction at the Sonia Rykiel label since 1995, and took a bow with her mother during the last Paris Fashion Week show in March.
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