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Donald Brooks (January 9, 1928 – August 1, 2005) was an American fashion designer. His efforts were recognized by an Emmy Award and numerous other honors; he was also nominated three times for the Academy Award and once for a Tony. He was born as Donald Marc Blumberg in New Haven, Connecticut. He attended Syracuse University followed by the Yale University School of Drama, where he first decided to become a costume and clothing designer. He studied design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and then the Parsons School of Design in New York. Brooks' first job in the fashion industry was as a window designer for department store Lord & Taylor. He attracted the attention of Dorothy Shaver, the store's president, who hired him to design a clothing line that year. He died on August 1, 2005 at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York.