In a design brief that was to take couture creator BEN de LISI right out of his fashion and interior 'comfort zone', in 2010 the designer was asked to create a garment that everyone could benefit from at some point in their lives - a new version of the hospital gown.
In a project unlike anything he's been involved with before, Ben's Universal gown added a touch of style and a lot more dignity to the hospital ward.
Designed for the Design for Patient Dignity campaign, this ground-breaking project saw the Design Council and the Department of Health team up to improve the experience of patients. The one-size-fits-all gown was made reversible with press-stud fastenings - the thinking behind which was based on the idea that equipment, such as an IV, could be attached without exposing the skin.
And, in a fashionable touch, the gown offered the option of a v-neck on one side or a crew neck on the other. How very couture.
On his involvement Ben said:
“Being involved with the Designs for Dignity initiative has been a wonderful but humbling experience. The chance to make a difference in so many lives when they are feeling so vulnerable is a dream that I would think every designer would hope for.”