Betsey Johnson Still Loves Cheerleaders and the Prom

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13:  Designer Betsy Johnson is seen around Lincoln Center during Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 13, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

The designer didn't want to put on just a show but a "Broadway production" when it came to her fall 2012 collection.  And with the inclusion of a marching pep squad, she made good on her promise.

The inspiration for her finale?  "Me being a cheerleader.  I was a cheerleader for nine years!  I was the head cheerleader for Syracuse University!" she exclaimed while celebrating her collection at the Stone Rose Lounge last night, surrounded by partygoers and waitresses in her ruffled taffeta dresses.  And it seems Johnson still holds the Most Popular title when it comes to high-school students.  "My claim to fame," she said of the ubiquity of her designs at high-school proms everywhere.  "Now I always ask the girls, 'Did you have a good time at the fuckin' prom?' And they always say, 'yes.'"

Related: See the Full Betsey Johnson Fall 2012 Collection