1. What brought you to Brooklyn/NYC?
It was always my dream to move to NYC. My brother was living here and so it made it easier for me to move. I really never thought of being anywhere else in the world.
2. Did you always dream of having your own line?
More than anything I wanted to be an artist. I fell into creating clothes by accident and after meeting Karen O, I became her costume designer almost by default. I really didn't have any idea what I was doing, but I decided that if I was going to pursue making clothing and costumes that I would need to learn all of the different aspects of design and so I began buying books and taught myself.
Karen O performing in an outfit by Christian joy. Photo Credit: Rachel Warner
3. Tell us about the musicians and performances you've worked with. Any fun collaborations?
Well of course, Karen O is my favorite. I really couldn't ever ask for better than the relationship I've had with her. It's endlessly inspiring and always fun and exciting. I've also worked with the Klaxons, Santigold and Oh Land, and I have really enjoyed making costumes for each band and performer. One of my favorite parts of working with performers is learning to understand how they move on stage and complimenting their performance style with a great costume. Recently I've also had the privilege of working with two amazing dancers, Anna Sperber and ballet dancer Isabella Boylston who was just promoted to a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater.
Christian Joy's "Bok Joy" exhibit at the Knockdown Center.
4. What inspires you?
Food, l love eating with friends and having exciting conversations. Artists who inspire me are John Waters and Sonia Delaunay. My husband, he has a really amazing voice. I wish I could sing like him. My whole life would be made.
5. Describe your ideal day off.
Eating my way around the city and thrifting.