February 12, 2001 New York
In Johnson's universe, a party dress is printed with pterodactyls and sweeping birds; sweaters have different-colored sleeves, and velveteen coats are thrown over camouflage wool-knit dresses. Trousers for a pantsuit are cut low enough to allow a sliver of acid-green underwear to peek out, and jackets are snapped as close to the body as possible. Modern-day cancan girls cavort in emerald, sapphire and fuchsia brassiere tops, layered transparencies, and glittering heels that are part Wizard of Oz and part Times Square after dark.
"These are clothes that I love," said Johnson simply. "I wanted to create a whole new wardrobe for myselfand hopefully, for many others as well!"