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The National Arts Club’s Fashion Committee Honors Designer Betsey Johnson with The Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in Fashion
October 13, 2009
National Arts Club

Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographed by Daniel Perry

Opposite Photo: Betsey Johnson with her Award

The National Arts Club honored fashion icon Betsey Johnson with their Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in Fashion. During the cocktail party and following sit down dinner, Johnson worked the room, greeting old friends (every one loves Betsey). Ms. Johnson was a riot of color and style; she was attired in a pink tutu, turquoise satan pants, a Marilyn Monroe tee shirt and a yellow sweater - Fantastic!

Johnson began her fashion career in the anything goes sixties and that spirit has infused her designs for the last forty years. Johnson counted Andy Warhol among her friends; her first studio model was Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick.

Johnson is a breast cancer survivor and she was also honored that night for her contributions to the fight against breast cancer.

Johnson's fashion shows are a "must attend" event for any fashion week. Check out these photos of Johnson's shows, just for the fun of it.

September 2008

February 2008

For more information about Betsey Johnson, log onto her website:

Designer Betsey Johnson

Designer Betsey Johnson and National Arts Club President Aldon James

Betsey Johnson's Business Partner Chantal Bacon


Rosemary Ponzo (R)

Betsey Johnson and Her Daughter Lulu




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