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Pratt fashioning hip hospice duds

Hospice nurses at Bellevue will soon be walking around in comfortable,even trendy outfits  thanks to fashion students from Pratt Institute.

Hospice nurses will soon be walking around in comfortable, even trendy outfits thanks to fashion students from Pratt Institute.

Nearly two dozen students created uniform suggestions after visiting Haven Hospice Specialty Care Unit, located on Manhattan's East Side at Bellevue.

That winning design will become the uniform for the 200 nurses who care for 25 patients in the facility, which was designed to be tranquil — it even includes a spa room. The winner will be chosen today by a panel of judges, made up of designers and nurses alike.

The competition, sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, was part of a fashion class for the semester. Students visited the hospice and spoke to nurses who would be wearing their pieces.

They made sure to take note of special requests, like pockets.

Jefferson Musanda, 22, a junior in fashion design at Pratt, is one of six finalists who hopes to win.

He was inspired by the “beachy” theme and “light blues, yellows and creams” at the hospice.

“The rest of the hospital seems sterile,” Musanda said. “Walking into the hospice, it’s very serene and calm. It just feels like a nice place to be.”

Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter @AlisonatMetro.

 
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