May 20th, 2005


中山裝, zhōng shān zhuāng

weather: cloudy
outside: 12.8°C
mood: okay
I'll be the inverse of marnanel. I'll answer the one question in the meme that he didn't =)

Category: Clothes - What looks best on a guy?

The Dr. Sun Yat-sen tunic suit (the 中山裝, zhōng shān zhuāng). Hands down. No question.

It's a casual Guangdong Province style from late 19th century. It has a smaller, more square mandarin collar that's turned downwards and four pockets (two breast pockets, two handwarmer pockets). It looks best in dark navy blue. I don't like it in khaki or green (ick, ick, ick).

It was chosen by Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the Nationalist Party as the national uniform after the revolution of 1911 to overthrow the Manchu dynasty. It's not a "Mao suit". Mao had nothing to do with it.

The first time I saw one was on Leon Lai when he starred in Song Bird opposite Nadia Chan. Then Jet Li, in Fist of Legend. Oh. My. God. Super. Hawt.