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June 26, 2012  | by: Caitlyn Gallip

Betsey Johnson in September 2008

Everyone has had that “Ah Ha!” moment when they fall in love. When I was 13 years old, I flipped through the channels and discovered a re-run of a Betsey Johnson fashion show. From that moment I knew that fashion had to be a part of my future career. Now the years have past and times have changed. In April of 2012, Betsey Johnson LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Nearly all of the quirky designer’s stores are in their last weeks of being in business and the online shop is running thin on designs. Though Betsey Johnson wont be absolute end of Betsey, here is a look back at some of the best moments in BJ history.


Since 1978, Johnson has been cartwheeling down the runway proceeding by her whimsical fashions and over-the-top designs. This star design pictured below the 70′s proves that Betsey Johnson’s signature stlye has changed little throughout the years. In the late 60′s, Johnson became a fixture in the Andy Warhol scene. Her designs were also modeled for Edie Sedgwick, who she later personally designed for.

Betsey Johnson's designs in the 1970s

In the late 90′s, the popularity of the designer’s “essential” party dress arrived. Extremely girly and outrageously fun, the full-skirted frocks have become a staple in Betsey Johnson’s collection and a gem in any fearless fashionista’s closet. With major price cuts happening in stores, right now may be the last time to own a piece of fashion history.

Betsey Johnson Spring 2008


Though her own stores will be gone, getting your Betsey fix will still be possible- thankfully. BJ’s sportswear, accessories, and other licenses will still be available at department stores. Even though tears may be shed for the loss of fanciful haute couture, Betsey Johnson will forever be in the hearts- and closets- of all. Check out highlights from her latest (and hopefully not last) show below.


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