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Betsey Johnson's bridal romp

Brides, grooms, bridesmaids and more were on hand

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Betsey Johnson may be prepping to be a contestant on this season’s “Dancing With the Stars” -- which premieres Sept. 15 -- but she still had time to churn out a spirited collection of bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and assorted party frocks, worn by men ... women ... drag queens ... a transgender model ... former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Camille Grammer ... and the crowd went wild!

Entitled...

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Betsey Johnson dances down the runway and onto 'DWTS'

Designer Betsey Johnson dances down the runway with

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The fashion world knows Betsey Johnson for her sexy clothes and killer cartwheels -- it’s her signature move each season when she takes her bow on the runway. But now TV audiences will get to see her fancy footwork as she competes on season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars,” premiering Monday.

“It’s the most amaaaaazing, exciting time of my life -- well, next to the birth of my daughter and grandchildren,”...

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Betsey Johnson Fall 2014: Street Sirens

Johnson, center, appears with her granddaughters after showing

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Inspiration:  Hotness and yeah more hotness.  Yep, Johnson’s invitation featured a red hot water bottle with a message that blared, “It’s cold outside.  Betsey’s hot.”  Likewise, her runway program, edged in flame graphics, showed a red burner on a stove and touted the message once again:  “Betsey’s Hot.”  Her concept?  Rihanna meets "American Hustle," and Johnson...

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Betsey Johnson's Rx for pretty

All the models wore finger-in-the-light-socket pink party wigs

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Talk about a tough year -- make that year and a half -- for Betsey Johnson, the queen of outrageous fashion (and fashion shows): Her fashion label went bankrupt last year, but she made a comeback this year, releasing a lower-priced line of dresses and accessories. She also starred with her daughter, Lulu, in a reality show on the Style Network. Now, two days before her latest fashion show, it was...

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Betsey Johnson celebrates 70th birthday, wild spring line

Singer Cyndi Lauper, left, and designer Betsey Johnson,

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Betsey Johnson's birthday was not your grandmother's 70th birthday party.

There was Cyndi Lauper rocking out on stage; there was a baby pig on the runway; there was the birthday girl doing her signature cartwheels and splits on the runway, and there was lots and lots of pink glitter.

The over-the-top designer filed for bankruptcy this year and closed her retail stores, but nothing could...

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