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Diane von Furstenberg designs Ohio hospital gowns

Published: Tue, September 7, 2010 @ 1:24 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has helped the Cleveland Clinic create a more stylish hospital gown without the peek-a-boo back.

The gown features elements associated with von Furstenberg designs — a wrap dress with a bold, graphic print. The clinic’s logo is printed on the fabric.

The gown has side ties, which eliminate the embarrassing open-back look.

The Plain Dealer says the fabric was chosen to address a concern that patients were too warm in the hospital.

So designers had to find a material lightweight enough to be cool but tough enough to withstand frequent laundering and having monitors and drains pinned to it.

Feedback has been mostly positive. Some men have complained that the gown is too feminine, so the design team is condering an alternate print.


1XFilesX(77 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

When you are well enough to complain that a hospital gown is "too feminine", you are well enough to go home. As a nurse, I can completely understand the horror of the open back and we are looking forward to new gowns ourselves. But when patients are complaining about a print of a gown, they are well enough to go home.

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2piak(508 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Just wondering about something. Why do these coverings have to be "gowns"? Couldn't a cover for a male be designed and called a "robe" or "toga"? Men go to hospitals, too.

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