Sick Chic

DRAFT DODGING The patient "gowns" provided at doctors' offices and hospitals offer about as much comfort--and coverage--as paper napkins. Spotting a gap in the market, Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey had Cynthia Rowley design a "Hospital Chic" line so its patients could be not just dignified but soigne. The all-cotton ensembles reflect current fashion, with cap sleeves for women and wide-leg, drawstring pants for men. Now, if only she could do something about the food.

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