Jonquil is form and Mr Black is function. Together, they are Jordan Christianson.
The concept of Jonquil & Mr Black was born of his personal principles and aesthetic: “Classic, yet innovative; making the mundane memorable.”
A Seattle native and Couturier to it’s unique performance and entertainment community, Jordan’s work has been featured in galleries (Roq La Rue, Twilight Gallery, Frye Museum), on stages (Teatro ZinZanni), screen (Portlandia, RuPaul’s Drag Race), print (GRAY Magazine, The Stranger, Seattle Gay Scene). He is the current Readers’ Choice for Seattle Magazine’s Seamless in Seattle design competition and inaugural pattern designer for Seattle’s newest high-end hotel, Motif. (see Designer Profile video here.)
In past lives, he’s been costume designer for theatre, a graphic designer, a doll-maker, furniture builder, classical musician, columnist, stylist, sculptor, mural painter, photographer, volunteer, organizer, and general dandy man-about-town.
What They Say
“His effortless ability to brainstorm creative and inspiring ideas in the spirit of play come to solid, unique, and engaging design as a result.” – K. Wendt
“These designs carry us backward, capturing something romantic and faraway: an image of a man—not a real man, but an old-timey drawing of one—spry and handsome, strolling through slanted gold light, and whistling some twirling song.” – M. Jonjak
“He is the Ollivander of custom clothing!” – C. Katims
- Surface Designer, Inaugural Print. Motif Seattle
- Design Consultant, “Paradisiacal Rites”. Saint Genet
- Costume Designer, “5th of July”. Theatre22
- Co-Costume Designer, “Cabaret”. The Schoolyard
- Costume Consultant, “The Dorothy K”. Implied Violence
- Company Member, Set and Costume Designer. EXITheatre
- Co-Founder, Technical Designer and Head of Atelier. Ampersand as Apostrophe