Some may know her for her crazy fashion ideas and designs. At age 66, Betsey Johnson is also known as being one of the strongest women designers as a person. She is a survivor of breast cancer, has raised her daughter by herself, and still is known for her happy, outgoing attitude. At the end of her fashion shows, it has always been her tradition to do a cartwheel down the runway. (It doesn’t even matter if she is wearing a dress!) She took many dance classes while she was growing up, which inspired her love of costumes. After high school, Johnson studied in New York City at the Pratt Institute and then later graduated from Syracuse University where she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Her daughter, Lulu now works with her in the fashion industry.
“Making clothes involves what I like…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…drawing attention to her beauty and specialness…her moods and movements…her dreams and fantasies.” -Betsey Johnson