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Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson


Birth date: August 10, 1942
Country: United States
Brand Name: Betsey Johnson
Labels: Betsey Johnson
Other Product Lines: Fragrances, Lingerie, Shoes, Underwear


Betsey Johnson brought all the energies and colors of the sixties and seventies into the fashion world when she launched her avant-garde creations in time for the “Youthquake” movement. Many of her designs combine bright colors, outlandish patterns, and unique fabrics (such as shower curtains!) Moving between fashion design and creative direction, Johnson partnered with ex-model Chantal Bacon to start their own line in 1978, the Betsey Johnson label.

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Designer Facts

Top Facts:

  • Betsey Johnson designs play tribute to the punk-Warholian eras, with retro-dresses and dance-inspired creations at the fore of their signature style. Four-decades down the line and Johnson’s creations continue to light up the catwalk.
  • In 1964, Johnson won Mademoiselle magazine's Guest Editor Contest and earned a job with the art department.
  • Johnson made her name in the mod 60’s, designing for a string of hip boutiques called Paraphernalia, and Betsey Bunky Nini boutique in Manhattan.
  • In 1999, the CFDA awarded the 'Timeless Talent Award' in her honor, and in 2002 she was inducted into the 'Fashion Walk of Fame.'
  • Johnson has licensed her name to watches, lingerie, and a Samsung cell phone, which can be found in more than 50 joie de vivre–filled boutiques.
  • Johnson is full of energy and is known for doing a cartwheel at the end of her new season shows – only two a year, she says.


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