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Massive Mao suit marks Xinhai Revolution centennial

(Xinhua)

08:24, September 20, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese designers have finished a two-story-high Mao suit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution.

The suit weighs 40 kg and is 4.3 meters in length, making it about 36 times the size of one worn by Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary forerunner and leader of the Xinhai Revolution in 1911.

It took 10 teachers and students at the Zhejiang Textile & Fashion College four months to finish the massive garment.

The Hong Organization, a time-honored clothing manufacturer, produced the first Mao suit according to the specifications of Sun Yat-sen, who is known as Zhongshan in China and first popularized the suit as the Zhongshan suit. The style later became known as the Mao suit because Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, often wore it.

According to Jiang Jiming, the sixth descendent of the Hong Organization, the college will apply for a Guinness World Record for the giant apparel that measures 2.70 meters across the shoulders and features sleeves 3.54 meters long.

In 1911, protests and armed uprisings took place across China against the monarchy of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). These events led to the toppling of the country's last emperor and the founding of the Republic of China on Jan. 1, 1912.

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