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Donald Brooks
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Designer
    (January 10, 1928-August 1, 2005)
    Born in New Haven, Connecticut
    Birth name was Donald Marc Blumberg
    Creator of the 'American Look'
    Designed over 3500 costumes
    Designed for the films 'The Cardinal (1963),' 'The Third Day (1965),' 'Star! (1968),' 'The Terminal Man (1974),' and 'The Bell Jar (1979)'
    For a fashion designer, he looked more like a used car salesman.
    He was a powerhouse in the industry, but was later overshadowed by contemporary Bill Blass.
    This may be due to his opting more for Broadway and television than movies (but given that he had to put up with Faye Dunaway and Otto Preminger, it is not that surprising he'd swear off Hollywood).
    He pioneered a modern contemporary 'look' that broke from the fashion's Dior-Schiaparelli period.
    He received a Tony nomination in 1962 for Best Costume Design for 'No Strings' with Diahann Carroll.
    He made history that year, as he also received an Oscar nomination for 'The Cardinal,' and won the first of his three Coty Awards (the fashion industry's highest recognition.)
    He was awarded the Parson's Gold Medal by the Parson's School of Design (his alma mater) in 1974.
    He won an Emmy for his work on the 1982 TV movie 'The Letter' with Lee Remick.
    Jackie Kennedy loved him and wore his outfits frequently, including for her famous 'Tour of the White House' broadcast.
    His other clients included Lady Bird Johnson and Princess Grace Kelly.
    At Truman Capote's famed Black and White Party there were more of his gowns worn than those of any other designer.

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