name = Betsey Johnson
caption = Johnson at the 2007 Red Dress Collection show for
The Heart Truthcampaign
birth_date = Bda|1942|8|10|df=y
Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA
nationality = American
children = Lulu Johnson
website = [http://www.betseyjohnson.com/ Official website]
Betsey Johnson (born
10 August 1942in Wethersfield, Connecticut) is a fashion designerbest known for her feminine and whimsical designs. Many of her designs are considered "over the top" and embellished. She also is known for doing a cartwheelat the end of her fashion shows. She took many danceclasses as a child and adolescent which inspired her love of costumes. After high school, Johnson studied at the Pratt Instituteand then later graduated from Syracuse Universitywhere she was a member of the Alpha Xi Deltasorority. [cite web|date= 2006 | url =http://www.alphaxidelta.org/pdfs/quill/summer06feature.pdf| title = Summer 2006 Quill - Distinguished Designer | publisher =Alpha Xi Delta | accessdate =2007-09-19]
In 1968 she married
Velvet Underground's John Cale. They divorced in 1971. She had a daughter, Lulu, in 1975 who now works with her and a granddaughter Layla.
She resides in
New Yorkbut spends time in a house she owns in Mexico, which she named "Villa Betsey". Betsey also converted an old, small hotel in Mexico into a house which she rents out to interested people; this is called "Betseyville", and can accommodate 8–10 people.
Johnson's fashion career started when she entered and won the "Mademoiselle" Guest Editor Contest. Within a year she was the in-house designer for the
Manhattanboutique Paraphernalia. Johnson became part of both the youthquake fashion movement and Andy Warhol's underground scene, along with The Velvet Underground, Edie Sedgwickand Lou Reed.
In 1969, she opened a boutique called Betsey Bunki Nini on
New York's Upper East Side. Edie Sedgwickwas her house model and Johnson designed the clothing Sedgwick wore on her last film, " Ciao! Manhattan".
In the 1970s, Johnson took control of the fashion label "Alley Cat" which was popular with the
rock 'n rollmusicians of the day. In 1972 she won the Coty Award. In 1978, Johnson started her own fashion line and then opened up her first retail store in Soho. Today, there are over forty-five of her stores worldwide. Tara Marie is her best friend.
In 2002, Johnson was inducted into the
Fashion Walk of Fame. Her bronze plaque held one of her original sketches. Then, in 2003, she expanded her line for 2004 to include handbags, accessories, hats, and scarves.
In 2008 Johnson was one of the contributors to
Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna's book Cherry Bomb along with Dita Von Teese, Tori Amos, Cherie Currieof the Runaways, Terri Nunn, Lisa Loeb, Katy Perry, Jessicka, Samantha Maloney, Anna Sui, and Louise Post. [ [http://www.laweekly.com/music/music/cherry-bomb-carrie-borzillo-vrennas-ultimate-how-to-for-budding-rock-chicks/19335/ LA WEEKLY July 30, 2008] ] [cite news |last=D'Andrea | first = Nicole| title =Living Like A Rockstar| publisher =PLAY New haven | date = 2002-04-03 | url =http://www.playnewhaven.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19879434&BRD=2639&PAG=461&dept_id=531120&rfi=6 |accessdate = 2008-08-13]
Johnson has designed for many celebrities including but not limited to:
Courtney Love, Sarah McLachlan, Minnie Driver, Lil' Kim, Salma Hayek, Cyndi Lauper, Heather Graham, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Her official web site has her quoted directly:
"Making clothes involves what I like…color, pattern, shape and movement…I like the everyday process…the people, the pressure, the surprise of seeing the work come alive walking and dancing around on strangers. Like red lipstick on the mouth, my products wake up and brighten and bring the wearer to life…drawing attention to her beauty and specialness…her moods and movements…her dreams and fantasies.” – Betsey Johnson
* [http://www.betseyjohnson.com Betsey Johnson]
* [http://www.inc.com/magazine/20040401/25johnson.html Betsey Johnson: America's 25 most Fascinating Entrepreneurs]
* [http://www.newyorkmetro.com/fashion/fashionshows/designers/bios/betseyjohnson.htm Betsey Johnson: New York Fashion Designer]
* [http://www.shoemania.com/betsey_johnson_c3740.htm Photos of Betsey Johnson Shoes]
* [http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtml?brandId=5849 Betsey Johnson Fragrances]
* [http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Betsey_Johnson Sewing patterns by Betsey Johnson]
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