Betsey Johnson is an American fashion designer. She was born on August 10, 1942. Betsey was known for her feminine designs, as well as for fancy, offbeat and edgy style. Moreover, she liked doing special and unusual things, such as performing a cartwheel after every show.
This unique fashion designer grew up with a love for art and dance. In the 1960s her avant garde designs were part of the “youthquake” movement; this is when her career as fashion designer started. However, this career was low, until she was inspired by the punk rock style and created fashion for a new generation. At first, Betsey opened a small boutique in New York, and after that she reached more than 60 stores worldwide.
Betsey was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut. While growing up, Johnson had a passion towards two thing: dancing and drawing. In fact, what lead Betsey to become a fashion designer was a combination for the passions she had. “What I tried to do was a combination of dance and art,” she says, “I realized that making clothes is completing what a drawing can’t be—going from two dimensional to reality.” Moreover, after graduating, she decided to follow her interests in art and design, and enrolled in Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
As A Fashion Designer
After graduating from college, Johnson immediately made her first appearance in the New York fashion industry when she won Mademoiselle Magazine’s Guest Editor Contest and earned a job in the magazine’s department of art.
Moreover, one year later, she had a job as a fashion designer in Paraphernalia, a clothing boutique in New York. This is where she developed her style using unusual fabrics such as shower curtains.
Moreover, in 1978, she partnered with an ex-model Chantal Bacon and started their own company and opened her first retail store in Manhattan. “Our partnership is better than a marriage,” Johnson said. ”We keep our private lives separate, but we’ve been through a lot together. She keeps the books and I keep the look.”