Through the next three photos we can see the rise and effect of the Mao suit on the culture and government of China.


History:Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 1.47.39 PM

The Mao suit originated with the rise of the Republic of China and its founder, Sun Zhongshan (1866-1925) and Mao Zedong the founder of the People’s Republic of China (1893-1976).   The picture above is a picture of Mao Zedong in a Mao Suit. To be fair it was really Mao and his policies that popularized the Mao Suit. The Mao suit resembled and emulated the policies of the government and society of the time or at least what Mao wanted to achieve in both categories.


Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 1.47.53 PMIndividual idem and inner meanings:

As seen in the picture above there are a few aspects of the Mao suit that are consistent and have inner meaning. Four examples, each Mao suit have four pockets representing four principles: Propriety, justice, honesty and sense of humor. Also, there are five centre-front buttons to represent the five powers of the constitution of the republic. Finally, each Mao suit has three cuff-buttons to stand for nationalism democracy, and people’s livelihood.


Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 1.48.08 PMThe Mao suit and Society:

When the Mao suit was implemented everyone in the country wore one. Everyone looked the same. The picture above we see a group of Chinese people , looking at it you can barely tell the distinguish the people from each other let alone determine the gender of the subjects. So what impact does uniformity through apparel effect the society? When you have to dress exactly like everyone else you loose your own sense of self you then become part of a whole and not an individual. This loss of individuality is on track with the ideals or policies of Mao’s Communist China. Loosing all the capitalistic aspects of fashion from society helped eased the transition and drove communism in china forward.

 in order to turn the writing analytical, please first introduce an argument, such as uniformity via Mao suit. then support the idea with visual evidences, such as the design of Mao suit and its collective application