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costume designer christian joy

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collaboration with ioulex

in an era where music and fashion are so entwined, the creations of costume designer christian joy really take center stage. known foremost as karen o's go-to designer, she's made moments in music all the more memorable with her outlandish and show-stopping d.i.y. designs.

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how much does vintage influence your creations?

i think it's a big influence for me and for any designer. not only is it interesting to look at the styles of clothing but also at how pieces were made. i love vintage and i find a lot of inspiration in it-especially in weird handmade pieces.

collaboration with ioulex

you tend to design more for women than men. what inspires you about women?

well, i think in general it's more fun to design for women. there are many more options. i love a more androgynous style so i like to mix up men's and women's clothing or just make someone more gender-neutral. i feel like when you take away gender in general you have more to work with. and the thing i love most about women is their innovation.

left: collaboration with spike jonze and urban outfitters, right: collaboration with ioulex

what is one of your favorite creations to date?

i think the skeleton suit i made for karen o at the end of the “fever to tell” tour will always be my favorite. it really represented a change in the way i designed.

follow on instagram @christianjoycostumes