Christian Joy (b. 1973 as Christiane Joy Hultquist) is an American costume designer and artist best known for her stage costume designs for Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer, Karen O. Using found articles and occasionally eschewing thread and print for glue and marker pens she has influenced contemporary fashion with punk and DIY stylings.
Christian Joy was born in Marion, Iowa, USA. She started designing in Brooklyn, NYC in 2000. With no formal training in fashion design, she started creating one of a kind hand-painted/hand-sewn t-shirts and re-designing old prom dresses. She met Karen O in 2001 and the aspiring singer soon became her favorite model. As the Yeah Yeah Yeahs began playing shows Joy designed a fresh outfit for each occasion. As the band's fame grew so did Joy's reputation and, in Sep 2002, she mounted a solo show Brat Style during NYC Fashion week.
As the Yeah Yeah Yeahs achieved international success Joy was able to pursue her designing work full-time.
In 2007 her costume designs were featured at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as part of the New York Fashion Now exhibit.
In 2008 Joy took on dressing UK band Klaxons persuading them to give up their trademark neon outfits. She collaborated with TopShop on three limited-edition collections, and released her first personal ready-to-wear garments.
In Feb 2009 Joy had her first solo exhibition, The Visitors Must Be Amused, at the AVA gallery in NYC. Joy asked associates to write a description of a female being and then designed a costume representing each definition, including one of an alien goddess gown with a whip.
In September 2009 Joy costumes were featured in a Where the Wild Things Are pop-up shop in Los Angeles.
In 2011 Joy created the costumes for Stop the Virgens a "psycho opera" created by Karen O and KK Barrett.
In May 2012 Joy presented Do Androids Dream of Electric Shrimp? at the Diesel Art Gallery in Tokyo. The exhibition was a combination of past Karen O costumes, new "Kite Costumes", videos featuring Joy's designs and poster and textile prints. In November 2012 the exhibition was moved to New York City where it was held at Picture Farm Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Joy has also created costumes for Santigold and Danish singer/songwriter Oh Land.
In September 2013 Joy mounted an art installation show Bok Joy at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn.