Betsey Johnson's Life

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"Making clothes involves what I like and color, pattern, shape and movement & I like the everyday process & the people, the pressure, the surprise of seeing the work come alive walking and dancing around on strangers. Like red lipstick on the mouth, my products wake up and brighten and bring the wearer to life and drawing attention to her beauty and specialness and her moods and movement and her dreams and fantasies." This quote was said by the bold, unique, and over the top designer Betsey Johnson. Betsey built her career following her own set of rules. She has been blowing people away in the fashion world since the 1960s with her bold designs and over the top fashion shows.

Betsey Johnson was born August 10th, 1942 in Wethersfield Connecticut. Betsey Johnson grew up in Terryville, Connecticut with a passion for drawing and dance. She had a talent for art and trained in various styles of dance. Johnsons love for dance later led to her amazing fashion designs. She realized that designing was making her drawing go from two dimensional to reality. She loved to combine her costumes with her art work. In high school Betsey Johnson was a cheerleader. After graduating in 1960, Betsey Johnson carried on her love for art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She wound up transferring to Syracuse University, where she proved to be an amazing student graduating magna cum laude at Syracuse University Betsey was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and was in Phi Beta Kappa society in 1964.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Johnson got her first opportunity in the New York fashion industry when she won Mademoiselle Magazine’s Guest Editor Contest and got a job with the magazine's art department. A year later, in 1965, Johnson landed a job at Paraphernalia, an unusual boutique in New York, as a designer. It was this boutique that gave Betsey Johnson her bold,

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