Betsey Johnson On 50 Years In Fashion, Malibu Men and That Time Prince Came By ... - Papermag

With her Crayola-hued hair and sexy rock 'n' roll attitude, Betsey Johnsonhas done cartwheels, literally, through her 50 years in fashion. With the energy of a teenagerand the body to match, Betsey told stories of the old days -- pullingscrapbooks and dance costumes out of a suitcase she'd brought -- andreflected on the 2010 sale of her company to Steve Madden. Once we had a girl at PAPER who told me her dream was to go to a Betsey Johnsonshow. I was like, "Done. The CFDA thing is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval from my industry. I mean, 50 fucking years, my name in the label. What were you like as a little girl. I used to sing "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" and shit like that. Basically, I'm a costume designer. All my work comes from my dancing costumes. And I had about 10 costumes every year. Another thing: I just knew growing up that if I was going to do anything, I was going to be nice. Source: