... an extremely personal story ... told in the first person that makes the reading a much more intimate experience. As one delves deeper into the book you realize that this book is not solely devoted to Betsey Johnson the brand but about Betsey Johnson, the woman ... This dedicated fashionphile and fashion reader found out so much more than ever imagined about the trajectory of this designer who was unquestionably a one of a kind dynamo in the industry ... should be read by fledgling designers as well as the most seasoned of fashion readers as Ms. Johnson generously shares the highs, lows, and certainly the pitfalls of being swept up into the fashion universe at a time when it was soaring to unimaginable heights ... a very engaging read that will entertain and educate the reader depending on their frame of reference. Do not think that this is a book that is strictly for the fashion reader as the story has a very human side that can be appreciated by those who may never have dipped their toe into the waters of this genre.
... gossipy, spirited, and amply illustrated ... in addition to providing provocative insight into the ups and downs of life in the fashion industry, Johnson cheerfully details a complicated private life, including three unfortunate marriages and a beloved daughter. On a more serious note, she also details her experience with breast cancer. Anyone fascinated by New York in the sixties and seventies or by fashion in general will relish this one.
... unabashed ... Less a design retrospective than a personal history, the book is illustrated with more family snapshots than runway photos. Its tone is chatty and unapologetic rather than reflective or inspirational ... Johnson shrugs, smiles, and dashes off to her next adventure, always wearing something fabulous ... A breezy treat for fans wanting more about the woman behind the whimsical clothes.
... a breezy memoir co-written with former employee Vitulano, who captures Johnson’s spirited voice ... In this celebration of female entrepreneurship, Johnson writes about creating one’s own opportunities and blazing forward despite the odds ... Filled with nostalgic photos, this upbeat memoir captures the spirit and irreverence of Johnson’s colorful personality and clothing.
This candid book by a pioneering female entrepreneur and American original, illustrated with photos and quirky doodles, also offers details about motherhood, marriages to drug addicts and control freaks, and the obstacles one faces when battling breast cancer ... Entertaining reading for fashionistas and Johnson fans alike.