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IN what is probably one of the few NHS schemes to come in under budget, hospital gowns have been given a Hollywood makeover by one of the world's top designers. The ill-fitting backless, draughty gowns are set to be a thing of the past, thanks to a pounds 25,000 project by designer Ben De Lisi.

Better known for red-carpet creations worn by the likes of Kate Winslet, Mr De Lisi should be canonised for sparing the blushes of thousands of patients who are forced to walk the corridors of our nations' hospitals with their bums hanging out.

In what is hardly the design coup of the century, the new gowns cover up patients' wobbly bits while still allowing the docs easy access to the parts only a stethoscope can reach.

But as for Mr De Lisi's description of the new-look gown as "fabulous and aspirational"? Nothing but bare-faced cheek.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 14, 2010
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