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Style Pooh-Bah Icon: Betsey Johnson à la Vintage

January 24, 2013


I love Betsey Johnson! Any designer who makes fashion fun and shows enthusiasm for her creations with ‘flips’ each season on the runway gets an automatic thumbs up from me. Ya just gotta love the passion from her persona which is evident throughout her designs. That my friend, is the sign of a true icon! But, truth be told – she has ALWAYS been a leader.

In 1965, Betsey Johnson led New York into a fashionable new era, creating revolutionary new fashions for the youth market. Like her clientele, Betsey craved for a more fun-ky, eclectic side of fashion. In the beginning, her designs were worn by style setters such as Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot, Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick – but, also affordable to everyone.

Recently, some  retro pics have surfaced from one of my trusted sources that appeared in Vogue magazine in the mid 1960’s! Check out the pics from Vogue editorials below:


While present day Betsey Johnson looks have been hot…perhaps you wish that you could have gotten in on the fun back in the day.  You can join in on the fun, thanks to the Manhattan Vintage Show! A showcase highlighting the last four decades of the exuberant designers work will be featured in ‘Betsey Johnson: Paraphernalia to Punk’.

Pieces range from rare items from the 1960’s when Betsey Johnson began designing the Paraphernalia collection from industrial materials, and go right up to the 1990’s and the kooky, frilly dresses the much loved designer has made her signature look. Prices for the collection range from $100 – $3,000 though most are under $500. For those not in New York, the showcase will run online at until February 5th. For those who wish to attend in person, the Manhattan Vintage Show is located at The Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday, February 1st from 1pm – 8pm and Saturday, February 2nd from 11am – 6pm.




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