Christian Joy is an American costume designer and artist best known for her stage costume designs for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer, Karen O. Often abandoning the traditional materials of thread and print, Joy’s pieces incorporate glue, marker pens, and found items, making her work influential in the punk and DIY style scene. She began her styling career without any formal training in fashion design, creating one-of-a-kind hand-painted/hand-sewn t-shirts and re-designing old prom dresses.
Joy’s work has been exhibited at Space 15 Twenty, Los Angeles (2009), Audio Visual Arts, New York (2009), and Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn (2013).
For Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst, DIY guru Christian Joy presented Bok Joy, an installation and collaborative performance. Joy installed larger-than-life hanging soft sculptures, that greeted visitors to Knockdown’s gallery space. Inspired by children’s bop bags and the work of Japanese film director Hayoa Miyazaki, these “characters” were constructed from vibrantly colored fabrics and incorporate textile designs, drawing on Joy’s experience as a costume designer. Joy's focus was on the independent movement of fabric. For the performance festival, Joy’s installation was animated by musician Bubbles and the dance troupe Accidental Movement.