…Because you might not realize that fashion can be bad for your health.
Seriously. (Disclaimer: I have no stats or scientific studies to prove this. Just read this post and decide for yourself. )
The thing is, we’re living in a time of incredible progress; when the world changes in nano seconds.
In hospitals, where I’ve spent a lot of time lately, progress is everywhere—and part of that includes the look—reflecting awareness that aesthetics is related to health by nourishing the spirit and the soul.
Enlightened thinking has transformed medical centers into beautiful settings. The building and grounds of our local hospital on the Monterey Peninsula looks as gorgeous as one of the area resorts. The art in many hospitals is better than what you’d find in museums.
Here are a few of my favorites from Cedars Sinai in in Los Angeles.
Nurses long ago abandoned the Florence Nightingale look—and now express their personal style in colorful and comfortable clothing.
But there’s one area where the entire system breaks down; one gaping hole in all the progress on the medical front—or rather, back—where it all hangs out.
Actually I’m kind of surprised there isn’t more of a flap about it.
When you stay in a hospital, you already feel like a victim; why is it necessary to also feel like a fashion victim? When we’re paying astronomical prices for every bandaid, why not a few pennies to improve a patient’s state of mind? Depressing and dysfunctional on so many levels, it robs patients of their dignity; possibly for serious fashionistas, might even affect the will to live.
I won’t defile my blog by posting a picture—but of course I”m referring to the sorry state of the hospital “gown”.
And who ever came up with the term gown to describe it? It’s stretching the point to call it an item of clothing.
This is attire even Heidi Klum could not carry off.
Which is why I think she’s the perfect person to revolutionize the health care industry.
What better project could there be for Project Runway? So I’m throwing out a challenge for the producers— make this a challenge for next season. With a few dollars at Mood, a little velcro and some creativity, surely the designers can come up with some innovations; at least they can’t do worse than what’s out there.
Plus this would lift the show from just reality to providing a desperately needed public service; I guarantee patients everywhere would be grateful. And haven’t we already been patient enough?