Li Jia Zhang


'HD 149026b': Smertrios

In contemporary popular culture and conspiracy theories, the existence of intelligent humanoid beings, such as the fabled lizard people with reptilian features, scales, and elongated eyes, has become a subject of fascination and speculation. These beings are often believed to possess shape-shifting abilities, enabling them to take on a human guise and assimilate among humans.
The context of this collection is a fictional world I constructed where humans and non-humans coexist, and the existence of extraterrestrial creatures is seen as the norm. This world is situated in HD 149026b (Smertrios), a planet characterized by extreme darkness and heat. In this fictional world, humans are perceived as aliens or shape-shifters, requiring the concealment of their physical features in order to integrate seamlessly within the society. Through the adoption of clothing as a means of disguise, the line between humans and non-humans becomes increasingly indistinguishable.

The world in HD 149026b  is a complex melting pot where the boundaries of identity are blurred, and individuality is replaced by a homogenized facade. Non-human traits and features are ubiquitous, and the human form is shrouded in mystery, rendering it a foreign entity. In this world, uncertainty reigns supreme, and the unknown is the only certainty.
Image: HD 149026b (official name being Smertrios) is a dark Jovian planet that orbit HD 149026.
The scorching ball of gas, a "hot Jupiter" with a temperature of 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit. Astronomers believe it is absorbing almost all of the heat from its star, and reflecting very little to no light. Objects that reflect no sunlight are black. Consequently, HD 149026b might be the blackest known planet in the universe, in addition to the hottest.
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As a fashion designer born in Shanghai and based in New York, Li Jia Zhang is constantly inspired by ideas of the future, the fictional and the grotesque. Her creative process includes pushing the boundaries of fashion, embracing the unexpected and the unconventional, creating unique pieces that challenge and intrigue the viewer.

Her main artistic medium is black, which she believes can convey a sense of mystery, sophistication and strength. Evoking a sense of otherworldliness through the use of textures, silhouettes and intricate detailing, transporting the wearer to a place that is both familiar and yet completely unknown.

Fascinated by the concept of clothing as a form of storytelling, her designs often draw inspiration from the fantastic and the surreal. Through her work, she strives to challenge societal norms and expectations, encouraging individuals to embrace their own unique identities and express themselves through fashion in a way that is truly their own.