Betsey Johnson
American fashion designer
Betsey Johnson
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 - 5 months
Photo provided by El Museo del Barrio, Photograph by Sofia Reeser del Rio Not much has changed since 1979. Well, at least not when it comes to the creative and stylish social circles of New York City, according to Paul Caranicas. "I feel like this is the same as that party back then. I don't know how much people have changed since then but they act the same," said Caranicas during the event, Antonio Lopez: A Photo Cocktail Party. "We are in a very free crowd so I think free people are always free and uptight people are always uptight. But I don't hang around them so I don't know." During New York Fashion Week (NYFW), Caranicas, who runs the estate of fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez and his creative collaborator Juan Ramos, helped organize the homage to the 1979 party. When it was originally held at NYC's Robert Freidus Gallery the festive celebration included partygoers such as model Pat Cleveland and fashion designer Betsey Johnson posing before a large-format Polaroid came ...
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Macys Kicks Off NYFW With Flo Rida + Ariana Grande
Huffington Post - 6 months
On Sept 7th, 2016 Macy's kicked off New York Fashion Week with a live taping of Fashion's Front Row, a celebration of music + fashion showcasing clothes you would be pleased to wear from Betsey Johnson, INC, Kenneth Cole, Rachel Roy, Iris Apfel, Tommy Hilfiger + more at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. -Spotted - Flo Rida in red shorts owning the stage performing My House. -Queer Eye For The Straight Guy's Carson Kressley serving up some well done comedy. -Ariana Grande in fancy white overalls belting out Dangerous Woman. - Martha Stewart leaving early - Iris Apfel simply being iconic. - Z100 New York DJ Shelley Rome taking selfies. - Orange Is The New Black star Jackie Cruz looking glamorous. - Designer Betsey Johnson doing a split on the red carpet. -DJ Christy Anderson warming up the turntables for her mom DJ Spinderella. - Salt-N-Pepa bringing down the house with their 1993 hit Shoop at the Macy's 34th st flagship store after-pa ...
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Betsey Johnson Trades Hamptons House for a Malibu Mobile Home
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
“I have changed my life completely,”said the 73-year-old fashion designer, who said she is moving to an “amazing community of surfer dudes.”
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5th-Grader Bullied By Her Classmates Debuts Clothing Line At Fashion Week
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kids attending New York Fashion Week is cute. Kids designing clothes for New York Fashion Week is downright inspiring. Fifth grader Egypt Ufele, who goes by "Ify," made headlines this week when she debuted her clothing line Chubiiline at the Small Boutique Fashion Week show last Thursday. The designer, who creates clothing in a range of sizes, said she started the line after being bullied at school for her size.  "I was bullied, and they called me all kinds of names. One time I got stabbed with a pencil," she told Today. Ify told The Huffington Post she started sewing at just five years old, thanks to lessons from her grandmother. Her line, she said, is "African print design with an urban twist," and she worked with her mom and a publicist to see her vision become a reality -- a vision that's rare for children her age. "I can actually see my hard work is not in vain," she told HuffPost of seeing her line come to life. "I sacrifice a lot of time and money to be a designe ...
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Fashion designers, NFL team up on footballs for charity
Chicago Times - about 1 year
The NFL and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have teamed up to raise money for the nonprofit NFL Foundation through the auction of 50 footballs decked out by designers, including Betsey Johnson, Rebecca Minkoff and Nicole Miller. All mingled with football players and league officials...
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Social Media Obsessed? This Year, Get Paid to Post
Huffington Post - about 1 year
We're all a little social media obsessed. But for some entrepreneurial It-Girls, tweeting, posting, 'gramming, and snapping became more than a hobby. Wielding power over our buying decisions -- from hotel bookings to daily quandaries over what to wear and where to eat, these ladies smartly found a way to convert followers to consumers, and social media prowess into legitimate businesses. Here's how did they did it. The Influencers: Jayde Pierce, British Blogger, Vlogger Known for: Modelling her favorite brands, posting beauty tutorials for hundreds of thousands of followers on YouTube, SnapChat, and Instagram Biggest Channel: @jaydepierce, Instagram, 403K followers Natalie Zfat, Social Media Entrepreneur, and Co-Founder of The Social Co. Known for: Writing about life as an entrepreneur, partnering with favorite brands Biggest Channel: Natalie Zfat, Google+, 222K followers Kiki Fox, NYC-Based Lifestyle, Food, and Travel Blogger Known for: Finding hi ...
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Even My Fantasies are Tired and Crazy
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The oldest daughter is six. The youngest is one, and not the type to waste a perfectly good night sleeping. If a mother had two additional pregnancies between these girls producing a miscarriage and a four-year-old boy, how many years has it been since she felt well-rested? The answer is seven. Seven freaking years. I've been so sleep-deprived for so long that even my fantasies are tired and crazy. When a combination of drowsiness and alcohol unleashes my subconscious, I picture myself lying in a hospital bed, tubes and machines everywhere -- though none touching my serene, gorgeously-proportioned body. "You didn't, by chance, snap at her, did you sir?" the doctor asks my despondent husband. "Unfortunately this type of trauma is caused by a lack of appreciation for housework, compounded by being blamed for the unruliness children," he continues, "only a regimen of massage and expensive cheese will save her now." My beloved nods eagerly: "Yes, doctor, yes. What else can I do ...
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Prom Dress Shopping With Two Months to Live
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
It would be maroon, my favorite color. Maroon with spaghetti straps and a cowl neckline that made it look like I had cleavage. Maybe a bow... No, not a bow. A ruffle. Crap, I messed up. I scribbled over my drawing with blue pen and sketched a new dress. This one had a ruffle. "Your paper on The Awakening is due on Friday," Mr. Minor announced. Everyone began to put their books in their bags. "Hey! The bell hasn't rung yet. You still have five full minutes. Don't pack up." I added strappy platform sandals and a necklace to go with my dress. Writing that paper was going to suck. I'd only read half the book, even though AP English was my favorite subject and I loved flamboyant Mr. Minor. But lately, with all the stuff with my mom, it had been hard to focus on some feminist novel from a million years ago. Then again, it was hard to focus on anything that day. I was going prom dress shopping after school. Mom had suggested it over the weekend. I was running out the door to my bes ...
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No, I Won't Be Losing Weight for My Wedding
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
By Alex Blank Millard for xoJane "So," says the woman standing in front of me at the deli counter at the café close to my house, "I couldn't help but overhear you are getting married?" Meh, I used to work at this café, I've seen her around, no harm in talking. "Oh yeah, in August." "Oh how exciting!" She says, and she smiles so bright I'm caught up and feel my cheeks stretch too. It is exciting! I got him a ring too! "So," she lowers her voice a bit, "are you going to lose weight for the wedding?" Oh, this again. Long before I would listen to girls vomit up lunch in junior high school bathroom stalls, and before I realized I would be picked on no matter what I wore, I knew one thing to be true. In my southern California kindergarten class, no one wanted to be Miss Piggy. Miss Piggy was assertive and self-assured and had a super fabulous wardrobe to boot! But no one wanted to be Miss Piggy. Except I did. Miss Piggy promoted her brand, and was not afrai ...
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CFDA Award Nominees Are Announced
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Betsey Johnson will be given a lifetime achievement award, and Instagram (yes, Instagram) will be honored with the council’s media award.
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Betsey Johnson to receive CFDA lifetime award
LATimes - almost 2 years
Betsey Johnson -- the fashion designer known for her over-the-top clothing, cartwheels at the end of runway shows and her appearance last year as a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars" -- will be this year's recipient of the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Geoffrey Beene Lifetime...
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Betsey Johnson: A Role Model, Still
NYTimes - about 2 years
For a generation of women new to both New York and adulthood, there was no more exciting designer than Ms. Johnson. Fifty years later, she maintains that sway.
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Betsey Johnson: A Role Model, Still
NYTimes - about 2 years
For a generation of women new to both New York and adulthood, there was no more exciting designer than Ms. Johnson. Fifty years later, she maintains that sway.
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A Special Honor for Icon Betsey Johnson
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
Designer Betsey Johnson held a special reprise show of her latest collection for hundreds of students to give them a closer look at the fashion industry.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Betsey Johnson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 71
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The couple was eliminated in week 4, finishing in 10th place. Johnson is a long-term breast cancer survivor.
  • 2013
    Age 70
    As of May 2013, Johnson and her daughter Lulu Johnson have a reality TV show that airs on the Style Network.
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  • 2012
    Age 69
    On September 12, 2012, she celebrated 40 years of her brand with a retrospective fashion show with Cyndi Lauper performing.
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    On April 26, 2012, Betsey Johnson, LLC filed voluntarily for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
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  • 2011
    Age 68
    As of 2011, she has more than 65 stores worldwide.
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  • 2009
    Age 66
    The National Arts Club awarded Johnson the 2009 Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in Fashion.
    More Details Hide Details She once described her style as a formula: "Take a leotard and add a skirt."
  • 2008
    Age 65
    In 2008, Johnson was a contributor to Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna's book Cherry Bomb.
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  • 2003
    Age 60
    In 2003, she expanded her line for 2004 to include handbags, accessories, hats, and scarves.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 59
    In 2002, Johnson was inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Her bronze plaque held one of her original sketches.
  • 1994
    Age 51
    She designed the dress that Lisa Loeb wore in the music video for her 1994 hit "Stay (I Missed You)".
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 35
    In 1978, Johnson started her own fashion line.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 29
    In 1972 she won the Coty Award.
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  • 1969
    Age 26
    In 1969, she opened a boutique called Betsey Bunky Nini on New York City's Upper East Side.
    More Details Hide Details Edie Sedgwick was 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 roll musicians of the day. In her first year, her debut collection for Alley Cat reportedly sold $5 million in volume.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Born
    Born on August 10, 1942.
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