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Giant grey Mao-style tunic

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A Chinese college has unveiled a giant Mao-style grey Chinese tunic to commemorate the Xinhai Revolution 100 years ago. Can it be 100 years already?

The huge jacket has gone on display at the Zhejiang Textile and Fashion College in Ningbo. It stands at 4.3m tall, with a chest girth of 6.5m and sleeve length of 3.54m. Each button is 12cm in diameter, equal to the size of a man's palm, and the entire thing weighs 150kg.

It took four months to design and make. The 'Zhongshan' suit is mostly known in the West as the Mao suit after Mao Zedong,and founding father of the People's Republic of China. However, it was his predecessor Sun Zhongshan (better known as Sun Yat-sen) who introduced the style shortly after the founding of the Republic of China.

It also reminds us of a certain despotic North Korean gent.

Images: Rex

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