Betsey Johnson

Fashion Designer
Born Aug 10, 1942

Betsey Johnson is an American fashion designer best 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 cartwheel at the end of her fashion shows.

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    On The "A" W/Souleo: Fashion, Art, Greeting Cards And Music Shakeup New York Fashion Week
    Huffington Post - Sep 26, 2016
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    Macys Kicks Off Nyfw With Flo Rida + Ariana Grande
    Huffington Post - Sep 12, 2016
  • Betsey Johnson Trades Hamptons House For A Malibu Mobile Home
    Wall Street Journal - Jul 01, 2016
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    5th Grader Bullied By Her Classmates Debuts Clothing Line At Fashion Week
    Huffington Post - Feb 18, 2016


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Betsey Johnson.


1942 Birth Born on August 10, 1942.


1969 26 Years Old In 1969, she opened a boutique called Betsey Bunky Nini on New York City's Upper East Side. … Read More
1972 29 Years Old In 1972 she won the Coty Award.


1978 35 Years Old In 1978, Johnson started her own fashion line.
1981 38 Years Old Her second collection did not sell well, leaving her with 3,000 pieces of spring clothing and insufficient funds to stage a 1981 fashion show to sell them and Johnson opened a retail store in the SoHo area of New York City.


1994 51 Years Old She designed the dress that Lisa Loeb wore in the music video for her 1994 hit "Stay (I Missed You)".
2002 59 Years Old In 2002, Johnson was inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame. … Read More


2003 60 Years Old In 2003, she expanded her line for 2004 to include handbags, accessories, hats, and scarves.
2008 65 Years Old In 2008, Johnson was a contributor to Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna's book Cherry Bomb.
2009 66 Years Old The National Arts Club awarded Johnson the 2009 Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in Fashion. … Read More
2011 68 Years Old As of 2011, she has more than 65 stores worldwide.
2012 69 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 26, 2012, Betsey Johnson, LLC filed voluntarily for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2013 70 Years Old As of May 2013, Johnson and her daughter Lulu Johnson have a reality TV show that airs on the Style Network.
2014 71 Years Old On September 4, 2014, it was announced that Johnson would be one of the celebrities competing on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars. … Read More
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