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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Designer Profile: Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson's style has been known as whimsical and hippie-inspired. She makes youthful entities such as bows and ruffles, timeless. Betsey Johnson's line includes everything from watches to handbags to lace vests. Since the 1960's she has remained true to her one-of-a-kind look and has won numerous fashion awards/honors such as being introduced to the Fashion Walk of Fame.

Born: Weathersfield, Connecticut, 10 August 1942.
Education: Studied at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Origin: U.S.A
Designer's Line(s): Betsey Johnson
Description of Designer's Style: Young-at-Heart, Playful, Whimsical, Whitty
"Claim to Fame": Betsey won the Mademoiselle Guest Editor Contest in 1964. That same year she was made the in-house designer for the Manhattan boutique, Paraphernalia. From then on, Betsey's career sky rocketed!
Celebs Who Wear Betsey Johnson: Twiggy, Salma Heyek 

Here are some of my favorite Betsey Johnson pieces...
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Cream Dress: Betsey Johnson Lace Empire Dress – was $330 now $132
Black Skirt: Teen Vogue Skirt – $228
Necklace: Polka Dot Heart Necklace w/ Chains – $150
Watch: Gold Watch – $175
Taupe Dress: Gingham Taffeta Sundress Halter Dress – $360
Handbag: Snake Charmer Medium Tote – $295
Swimsuit: Women's Flower Detail Bikini – $112
Shoes: 'Hitch' Sandal – $198.95
Black Dress: Evening Heat Wave Dress – $435

Where can I buy Betsey Johnson? (they have really good discounts on B.J. stuff) (you wouldn't really expect it, but if you are looking for a watch, they ALWAYS have some on sale) (this link will take you directly to their inventory of B.J. items, and Zappos has free shipping! whohoo!)

References: Modern Fashion Encyclopedia. © 2006 through a partnership of Answers Corporation. All rights reserved.
Photo: Wikipedia. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Betsey Johnson".


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