Flashback: Betsey Johnson’s 1989 Fall Runway Show

Often, when perusing the racks at Betsey Johnson, one can feel as though they’ve fallen into either an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 (specifically Donna Martin’s closet), or the entire decade of the 80s. The colors, the spandex, the wild prints; Johnson’s brand has kept the 80s modern, inspiring girls across generations to throw a neon pink tube dress back on, and pick up a new puffy Sixteen Candles-inspired black tulle skirt.

Johnson wasn’t part of the revamp of the 80s that American Apparel spearheaded. She just simply never left. For upwards of 30 years, it seems like Betsey Johnson has designed with Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” on replay in her head.

This clip of Jonson’s fall runway show in 1989 is full of leggings, dresses, and skirts that look straight out of a modern day Betsey Johnson collection. And we can’t help but notice the immense theatrics. Also, we’re guessing that Victor & Rolf’s Paris Fall 2010 show was in some way been inspired by this show, which has models dressing and undressing on the catwalk — which was scattered with hay (ahem, Chanel Spring 2010).

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