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Betsey Johnson (1942 - present)
Edgy fashion designer Betsey Johnson is known for her offbeat style and whimsical designs. She was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut and grew up in a close town of Terryville. This was where she satisfied two of her favorite hobbies: dancing and drawing. Many of her afternoons consisted of sketching costume ideas, which was inspired by the elaborate costumes worn for her dance recitals.
Upon completing high school, Johnson pursued her art and design interests and graduated from Syracuse University. Nearly immediately after graduating, Johnson entered and won the Mademoiselle Guest Editor Contest.
Johnson continued to pursue her love of design in the fashion world, where she designed with intense and eccentric colors. The punk movement began in the late 1970s. She and Chantal Bacon started their own company - The Betsey Johnson label.
Johnson continued to re-imagine her brand. She expanded her label into a lifestyle brand. This brought in more accessories such as jewelry and handbags. The same eccentric and vibrant colors and style are still being used to this day. You can find her online many websites, her own stores, and social media.