Having to go to a hospital is downright depressing. Having to disrobe to don a drab, green hospital gown upon arrival just compounds the sadness. With this in mind, one company decided to try to make the event of checking into a hospital a bit more cheerful. The Ward + Robes initiative allows teens to express themselves during these down times of illness, by creating custom hospital gowns they actually want to wear. Teaming up with top fashion designers who have created garments for stars including David Bowie and Meryl Streep, the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada paved the way for the debut of a line of fashion-forward hospital gowns that are stylish, comfortable, and give teens their identity back while receiving treatment.
The Canadian non-profit started Ward+ Robes as a way to inject some hope into frequent hospital visits by young patients diagnosed with serious illnesses. Having to spend childhood and teen years in a hospital is depressing for young patients, with sterile-looking hospital gowns being a constant reminder of their illness — while making each patient look the same.
Ward + Robes helps sick kids feel special, by allowing them to express themselves through clothes. By being able to choose what they want to wear, kids and teens in the pilot program were more confident and happy while enduring their treatment.
Thus far, Ward+Robes has introduced their fun line in one hospital in Ontario, and will soon spread to 130 more across Canada. They hope that the innovative hospital gowns with the motto: “You’re unique, why should your gown be any different,” will one day help to empower teens across the globe, in a setting where they don’t have any.