12/16/2013 10:40 am ET

Tricks To Mixing Prints And Taking Fashion Risks, From Betsey Johnson (VIDEO)

Fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who’s known for her ability to mix seemingly unalike, bold prints into cohesive, beautiful outfits, had some keen fashion insights to share. "I was thought of as a kooky, freaky dresser!" she said. Betsey was inspired by the costumes she saw in New York on Broadway when she was a dancer in high school.

"Dressing is about doing your own thing. I was very anti-'dos' and 'don'ts.' I just like to tell my girls to wear what you want how you want it," she said.

Betsey also stressed the importance of being courageous and trying fun things. "Just do it personally and don’t try to copy a magazine page. You’ll get feedback!"

See 10 of Betsey Johnson's most outrageous fashion moments here:

Betsey Johnson’s Most Outrageous Fashion Moments

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