In 1965, Betsey Johnson led New York into a fashionable new era, creating revolutionary new fashions for the youth market. Like her clientele, Betsey was aware that strict fashion rules had fallen by the wayside in favor of a more eclectic approach to fashion. Though her designs were worn by style setters such as Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot, Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick, they were also affordable to everyone. From Betsey Johnson for the boutique Paraphernalia, to the label Alley Cat by Betsey Johnson and finally the Betsey Johnson label, Betsey always brought the fun!

Check out these awesome retro pics we’ve found from Vogue magazine in the mid 1960’s! Mia Farrow is featured in Betsey Johnson in a dramatic editorial from Vogue, April 1966 while a visit to the Paraphernalia store is featured in Vogue February 1967.

And there’s more vintage Betsey Johnson goodness to come! Manhattan Vintage Show is highlighting the work of this exuberant, much loved designer whos career has spanned over four decadees in the upcoming showcase ‘Betsey Johnson: Paraphernalia to Punk’.

Pieces range from rare items from the 1960’s when Betsey Johnson began designing the Paraphernalia collection from industrial materials, and go right up to the 1990’s and the kooky, frilly dresses the much loved designer has made her signature look.

Prices for the collection range from $100 – $3,000 though most are under $500. For those not in New York, the showcase will run online at www.ManhattanVintage.com until February 5th.

Manhattan Vintage Show is located at The Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday, February 1st from 1pm -8pm  and Saturday, February 2nd from 11am – 6pm