Betsey Johnson Honored

Tuesday night, whimsical fashion designer Betsey Johnson was awarded the Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement by the National Arts Club.  Her portrait now hangs alongside the likes of Carolina Herrera and Carol Oates.  Johnson, who got her start in the 1960’s, is well known for her off-the-wall yet stylish pieces.  She lived up to this reputaion when she showed up to the awards in blue stretch capris, a signature pink tutu, and an Andy Warhol inspired tee.  Betsey is known for her participation in the ’60s rock and roll lifestyle, but she is also remembered for her groundbreaking achievements in the fashion world.  She was the first American designer to have her own store in New York City, and was among the first to open a boutique on Melrose in Los Angeles.  Johnson might be a fashion and business mogul, but her personality shines through every outfit she designs.  Check out her new collection at  It’s edgy and has that punk rock aspect that Betsey has become known for in the fashion world.

Celebrating a Lifetime of Tutus, Betsey Johnson Receives Medal of Honor
Johnson at the National Arts Club

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One of Johnson’s famous sketches

Image courtesy of Elle Girl Magazine’s Prom Edition



Parsons AAS Line Debut

Parsons AAS Fern Mallis and Betsey JohnsonThis past Thursday, students of the famous Parsons School of Fashion debuted 40 professionally selected looks at the tenth annual AAS Line Debut.  Fashion icons such as Betsey Johnson were also present on the terrace atop Lord & Taylor in midtown NYC to present achievement awards to both alumni and graduating students.  Johnson presented the first ever AAS Icon award to Fern Mallis, senior Vice President, recognizing her groundbreaking achievements in the fashion industry, among them creating and organizing what is now known as “Fashion Week” in New York City, her work with various charities including Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and 7th on Sale, and her undying support of emerging fashion designers.

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