Betsy Johnson at the height of NYC post-punk scene. John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten came to NYC on tour in 1980 and declared that punk was dead. It had been co-opted and mass marketed and had lost its relevance. Punk had become a packaged commodity for mass consumption. Johnny Rotten said The Sex Pistols was supposed to be the end of Rock & Roll; unfortunately the public being the senile animals that they are got that wrong.
All I wanted was an image. Something with a Flash.
Rock & Roll is dead; it’s been going on for too long; it’s too limited; it is a disease; it’s a plague; it’s vile; it’s become too much like a structure; a Religion. A farce. Rock & Roll has progressed as far as it can go. Rock & Roll is played at airports; it’s boring.etc.It’s an old fashion format to go on to stage and play loud music with guitars; with all these kids standing in the pits looking like idioits worshipping them like they’re Gods. There should be no difference between the people in the audience and the band members on stage. Society has become so digressive; going backwards. That’s the problem with America; it’s so digressive today. Going backwards; no progression.
Out of this nihilistic zeitgeist Betsy Johnson tryed to break down the barriers of fashion that had become; senile and structured. Spring 1980 post-punk Fashion Show; a deconstructed Fashion Show; that breaks down the barriers of the limited catwalk runway fashion show which has become so digressive. There should be no difference between the audience and the models on stage. Performance Art Fashion Show.