Christian Joy (b. 1973 as Christiane Joy Hultquist) is an American fashion 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.
Joy’s work has been exhibited in The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Museum of Art and Design in NYC, the Mode Museum in Hasselt, Belgium as well as for her first solo show at the AVA Gallery in NYC. Her work has been featured across all major publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Billboard, Spin, Rolling Stone, DailyMail, Refinery29 and The Huffington Post.
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 Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame grew so did Joy's reputation and international success, enabling her to pursue her designing work full-time.