The Birth of Zhongshan Suit
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Zhongshan Suit.

Zhongshan suit, or Sun Yat-sen suit, was developed by the great revolutionary Sun Yat-sen, in an attempt to suit modern sensibilities without completely adopting western styles. Zhongshan suit combined aspects of military uniforms, student uniforms, and western-style suits.

Sun Yat-sen in a Zhongshan suit.

The first Sun Yat-Sen suit came into being in Guangzhou in 1923, tailored by a Cantonese named Huang Longsheng, an owner of a clothes shop. Sun Yat-sen introduced the style shortly after the founding of the Republic of China as a form of national dress.

After the end of the Chinese Civil War and the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, such suits came to be worn widely by males and government leaders as a symbol of proletarian unity. Although they fell into disuse among the general public in the 1990s due to increasing Western influences, they are still commonly worn by Chinese leaders during important state ceremonies.


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