Fashion Flash. Betsey Johnson Flips for Fashion.

July 22, 2008 • Fashion

Today, WWD ran a hilarious picture story on Betsey Johnson‘s end-of-show cartwheel today. It was too great not to pass on. Watch Betsey flip through the years, below!

Her first public feat of gymnastics, 1950s


Completely vertical at a Fall 1998 show


Finishing with a flourish at a Fall 1999 show, in the same shoes as the previous year?


Completing her cartwheel in close quarters in 2000


Spring 2007 and still kicking! With toes pointed, nonetheless!


Johnson also had some choice things to say about her celebrity clientele, which include rockers from the 60s to now. Janis Joplin, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Nico, Madonna, and Amy Winehouse have all rocked in Johnson’s designs– Winehouse even work a Johnson frock for her wedding to now-incarcerated Blake Fielder-Civil.

She started by designing in the 60s, by sewing custom designs for entertainers like Lou Reed. "And Lou wanted his crotch to be big, so I would always cut him a big crotch." Thanks for the overshare, Betsey.


Her modern devotees are a little more pop, but they still harbor punk-rock sensibilities. Rihanna sports her gear onstage and on the red carpet. And newcomer pop-star Katy Perry waxed poetic about Johnson’s designs last November. It paid off– now Katy’s onstage duds and red carpet wear are both designed by Johnson. But no longer does Johnson do custom. ""I never liked custom, because [artists] always change
their mind. That’s why I didn’t do my daughter’s wedding dress, you

She’s come far, cartwheeling the whole way!

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