By  on July 23, 2008

Janis Joplin, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Nico, Madonna, Amy Winehouse — that’s just a short list of music icons who have benefited from the Betsey touch during the designer’s 40-plus-year career. Indeed, Betsey Johnson has been sewing rock ’n’ roll’s high priestesses (and priests) into second-skin pants, corset tops  and playful printed frocks since the early Sixties, when she began selling handmade pieces out of the ladies’ room at Mademoiselle magazine (she was a fresh-out-of-college guest editor at the time).

Her first musician clients were her friends, the people she chummed around with at New York “It” spots like Andy Warhol’s Factory and Max’s Kansas City.

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