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Max’s Icon: Betsey Johnson

Max’s Icon: Betsey Johnson

Designer and role model Betsey Johnson arrived in Manhattan in 1964 and soon found her niche in the city. She talks to the NY Times about her striking designs, her biggest fans and how she discovered Max’s and the nightlife scene.

“Ms. Johnson spent her days at Paraphernalia and her nights at Max’s Kansas City, the nucleus as she puts it, of “this sparkler of a world.” (Young women quit publishing and advertising jobs in droves to be Max’s waitresses.) “It was this capsule — this tent — of impassioned, driven, crazy-great but crazy-with-an-idea people,” she said. “We all congregated there.”

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