Betsey Johnson may have filed for bankruptcy and shuttered her stores, but she’s not going anywhere soon.
Earlier this week, Johnson announced that she’d be releasing a lower-priced dress line with the Levy Group and putting on a “retrospective” runway show at New York Fashion Week. So what does that mean? It means vintage Betsey–from the ’60s until now–will make an appearance on the runway, along with her new collection. Lucky for us, Betsey was more than happy to clue us in on some of the half-century spanning amazingness that we can look forward to seeing sassing down the catwalk:
“Let’s see! ’60s: The silver clothes I made for Andy Warhol’s superstar Edie Sedgwick. ’70s: Bell bottoms, sequins, and marabou on Janice Joplin. ’80s: Striped, strapless bodysuit and fingerless gloves on Madonna. ’90s: Molly Ringwald in cute vintage inspired dress. 2000s: Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry in my sparkly neon “too too tu-tus!”
Egads!! But wait, it gets even better (really!)…
Die-hard Betsey fans holding onto their vintage pieces might actually get to see their own treasured, moth-ball preserved Alley Cat sweater or full-skirted ’80s prom dress on the runway. Here’s how: Team Betsey is holding a Facebook competition where fans can upload pictures of their own Betsey duds from the 60s, 70s and 80s and the winner will see their item strut the runway.
We took to the Internet to do some research into what the archives of Betsey’s 40+ year career look like and it made us really really happy.
So, with Betsey’s not-so-subtle hinting in mind, we rounded up some of the looks that we would really, really, really love to make their way down the runway one more time. From her pieces for Paraphernalia at the start of her career, to her work for Alley Cat in the 70s and eventually onto her eponymous line, we covered it all.
Betsey’s themes may change dramatically from season to season, but that hasn’t stopped her from developing signature silhouettes over the years — that 50s style tea dress, in particular. It’s been everywhere from the red carpet to proms and sweet sixteens across the nation (and across decades, too), so we’re thinking that one’s a shoo-in.
Let us know if there’s anything you hope will make an appearance, and dig it out from the back of your closet before the big show to prove to everyone that you’re wearing vintage Betsey and not just the new stuff.