factory girl
BECK: Yars ago some very generous friends initiated me into the secret world of Sarojini market in downtown New Delhi, a magical land where you could pick up cast offs from the worlds top designers for about 100 rupees. Needless to say I went crazy and bought a lot of stuff I never wore there, and shipped it back to Australia at great expense where I continued to not wear it. Most of the collection has either ended up at garage sales or op shops and much of it has probably now turned up again in India as rags, however I have never been able to let go of my greatest find - a Betsey Johnson patchwork skirt that looks like it has just walked off a catwalk in 1984. It always makes me feel like I'm an extra in a school dance scene in Pretty in Pink.
For those who dont know BETSEY JOHNSON is one hell of a kooky old school American designer known for her celebration of the exuberant, the embellished, and the over the top. according to her bio "Betsey has been rocking the fashion industry with her unique and original designs since the 1960’s." Edie Sedgwick was her house model, while the Velvet Underground’s John Cale took to wearing her designs both on-stage and off. Good enough for me, even if she needs to lose the hair extensions shes sporting at the moment, not such a good look.


pen said...

gotta agree on Betsey's hair- thought she looked just a little too wacko in so not a good way way!
ah delhi.....40+Celsius yeaterday......

shula said...


I have firm plans to dread my hair once it turns white, and nobody looks at me any more.

Anything to not have to brush it.

Beck said...

i'm with you on the non brushing agenda, hence my recently re-shorn locks. and its not the dreads its the half baked hair extensions on ANYONE that do me in!

Anonymous said...

oh I love this, you are so lucky to have such a great piece, Betsey Johnson is one of my all time favourites. Lucky You!