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0Betsey Johnson at New York Fashion Week: 70yo Fashion Designer's Creative Style, Spring Dresses

Sex, fun and rock and roll are the inspiration behind 70-year-old designer Betsey Johnson’s punk ballerina clothes which will be showing at New York Fashion Week. Johnson got into fashion in 1964 and her clothes have since been worn by stars such as Prince and Katy Perry. Betsey Johnson, fashion designer “I came into the industry weirdly by winning a contest and the one thing I didn’t want to do is be that designer on the pedestal. ‘Cause I was just making clothes for myself and I don’t know pedestal.” Recently Johnson has been making dresses a little more grown up, but she says she also still needs to love them, so they all have a bit of spark. Betsey Johnson, fashion designer “How you dress is our form of communication now. God, if you can get someone to look up from the phone to even see you …” Over the past few years, Betsey Johnson’s brand has been hit hard by the global recession, with all her retail stores having to be closed. Since she secured funding after filing for bankruptcy, Johnson believes that there are positives to the whole situation. Betsey Johnson, fashion designer “That’s what you don’t realize. You think, ‘I’m the boss applesauce. I’ve been doing it 47 years. I’m not stopping now.’ And then you realize … ‘wow, so it’s a different world now.’ I’m happier that I can do my work for more girls at a better price through volume and licensing.” Now that Johnson is 70 she has said that time is flying by faster than ever, but one of the benefits of