Fashion Designer Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson was born in Connecticut in 1942 and spent her childhood years in dance classes with dreams of becoming a professional dancer. This love of costumes and theatrics at an early age has contributed an enormous influence to the style and colors Betsey is drawn to and uses in her clothing lines. In 1964 Betsey won Mademoiselle magazine’s “Guest Editor Contest” and was introduced into the world of fashion. Only one year later she became the top designer at the popular clothing boutique Paraphernalia.

During the 1960′s Betsey was part of the Warhol scene, an influence that is also reflected in her dramatic and innovative clothing line. In 1969 Betsey opened her first boutique, named ‘Betsey Bunki Nini’ to great success, and as a result was offered a job working for Alvin Dunskin in San Francisco. In the 1970′s Betsey had creative control over the Alley Cat label and in 1972 she was awarded the prestigious Coty award and became the youngest designer ever to receive the honor.



In 1978 Betsey started her signature Betsey Johnson label with the first store in Soho. It was such an enormous and immediate success that there are now more than 41 stores worldwide across Europe and Asia. Today Betsey is well known among celebrities and the public for her bold colors and patterns and her cutting edge flair. Among her clients are the likes of Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Minnie Driver, to name a few.