As soon as Karen O, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, arrived on the Brooklyn scene, it wasn’t just her rebel yell that had us mesmerized but also her rainbow-collaged wardrobe that left us awestruck at every show. From space-age frocks to glow-in-the-dark Predator-esque jumpsuits, Karen O’s fashion sense can be attributed to designer Christian Joy. In her first solo exhibition, The Visitors Must Be Amused, Joy, who’s been designing for the past nine years, asked her family and friends (including Ms. O) to write a description of a female being. The result is a specifically designed costume representing each definition, including one of an alien goddess gown with a whip. Yeah, that’s a pretty accurate representation of what it’s like to be a woman.
March 1-8, 2009