Betsey Johnson is an American prominent fashion designer. She is best known for her feminine and whimsical designs and for doing cartwheel ending in a split at the end of her fashion show.
Betsey Johnson Age
She was born on August 10, 1942, in Wethersfield, Connecticut. She is 76 years as of March 2019.
Betsey Johnson Husband
She has been married thrice, first, she married John Cole in 1968 and dissolved their marriage in 1971. In 1981 she married Jeffrey Oliviere and later divorced in 1984. In 1997 she married her current husband Brian Reynolds.
Betsey Johnson Kid
She has one daughter Lulu born in 1975.
Betsey Johnson Height
She stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches.
Betsey Johnson Early Life
She was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut and grew up in the nearby town of Terryville. As a child, she indulged in her two greatest love drawing and dancing. She had developed talent for art and in her youth, she trained in various styles of dance.
Her great interest in dancing and drawing led her to the world of fashion designing. During her high school, she was a cheerleader. She graduated in 1960 and later joined Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in order to pursue her interest in art and design. After one year she transferred to Syracuse University where she proved to be an outstanding student. In 1964, she graduated with magna cum laude as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.
Betsey Johnson Career in Fashion designer
After graduating from college she made her first splash in the New York fashion industry by winning Mademoiselle magazine’s Guest Editor Contest and earning a job with the magazine’s art department. In 1965, she landed a job as a designer at Paraphernalia, an offbeat New York clothing boutique.
She developed her whimsical, hippie-inspired style, characterized by the use of unique fabrics such as shower curtains, the interior lining of automobiles and the pinstriped wool of old New York Yankees uniforms.
She is known for employing bright, neon dyes, puffed sleeves, deep necklines, and low waists. Along with designer Mary Quant and artist Andy Warhol, she took her cues from the more avant-garde London fashion scene and helped pioneer what became known as the “Youthquake” movement in fashion, art, and culture.
She left Paraphernalia in 1970, to assume creative control of Alley Cat, a youthful sportswear brand, where she continued to design clothes with bright colors, outlandish patterns, and sexy fits. In 1971, at the age of 29 years, she won the prestigious Coty Fashion Critics Award in honor of her work at Alley Cat and became the youngest designer to ever receive the honor.
Betsey Johnson Label
Her fashion designing career stagnated after her quick rise to the top of the fashion world. Her youthful demographic “moved up to work and dress-for-work clothes, and my customer disappeared.” She sustained herself with freelance work designing children’s and maternity clothes.
She thought it was all over until Punk started in London. She partnered with ex-model Chantal Bacon to start their own company, the Betsey Johnson label in 1978, after the punk movement revived her work. Together with Chantal Bacon, they opened Johnson’s first retail store in Manhattan’s fashionable SoHo neighborhood. The company currently has 65 stores worldwide, including locations in London, Toronto, and Tokyo.
She celebrated 0 years of her brand with a retrospective fashion show with Cyndi Lauper performing on September 12, 2012.