I am so excited! One of my favorite designers is making dancing clothes for the world renounced dance wear company Capezio. Like most young dancers I grew up wearing Capezio ballet slippers. I stopped taking dance classes at fifteen but they still make my go to practice shoe (a leather split sole with a pink upper) and they have so many lines of greats of dance wear. The latest line is in partnership with fashion design Betsey Johnson. I absolutely love Betsey Johnson.
I studied fashion in a special sewing, fashion and design program in association with North Carolina State University while I was at Athens Drive High School. My final project was on Betsey Johnson. I made clothes inspired by her, wrote an essay and gave a presentation. Instead of a tri-fold presentation board I made a doll sized clothes full of miniatures of her line. This was just as her ready to wear line was coming to TJ Maxx and her jewelry was launching at Macy’s, so very few people in my high school knew about her, but they loved the presentation and the fluffy pink skirts and graphic deconstructed tee shirts I made enough to buy them, earning me a spot to design for a local boutique. It was awesome, but as Betsey Johnson become more accessible and my love of fashion design gave way to other interests (politics, law, and of course writing).
Since then she’s had makeup, perfume (I wear it everyday), and accessories lines that have taken the ready to wear world by storm. Every major US department store and most TJ Maxx and Marshalls carry her designs. It’s a pink lovers dream. Despite this boom, numerous tributes to her, and her dancing appearance on Dancing with the Stars Betsey Johnson LLC declared bankruptcy in 2012 and has struggle through early 2016 with low first quarter earnings. But you cannot keep a girl down!
Earlier this week Capezio launched her new line of dance clothes with a smashing video featuring Larsen Thompson and featured the designs on their home page. We know Johnson loves to dance, as seen on Dancing with the stars and she end ends show with a cartwheel, so I’m sure this clothes will be functional as well as fashionable…plus with so many patterns and pinkness who could go wrong!
The line is available in Girl Sizes but has many cute accessories (although my favorite is the wrap skirt so hurry up and make this line a success so they make women’s clothes!) Shop the line at Capezio’s website.