An exhibition featuring the work of Karen O clothing designer Christian Joy
Christian Joy: Bok JoySecret Project Robot (389 Melrose Street, New York, NY) Map it Free
If you've ever seen the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in concert, you've encountered the gleefully deranged costume work of DIY designer Christian Joy – and you probably haven't forgotten it. Known best as the woman behind Karen O's confoundingly awesome costumes, Joy is a truly original treasure of New York fashion, and her uninhibited designs have earned her a decade-long cult popularity among musicians and style explorers alike. The more approachable end of her looks encompass deconstructed tutus, decorative capes and busy one-pieces, while the more avant-leaning styles transcend costume altogether and border on wearable art installations. While her work with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs siren put her on the map – a 2002 renegade fashion show called "Brat Style" captured their chemistry best – Joy has successfully gone on to branch out her design ideas into art and theatre (including Karen O's "psycho-opera" Stop the Virgens) while dreaming up new ways to bring her batty concepts into manageable doses for the average consumer.