Donfeld | Costume Designer

Costume Designer

Donald Lee Feld, known professionally as Donfeld,  (July 3, 1934 - February 3, 2007) was an American costume designer who designed for more than 30 movies beginning with his first movie: 1961’s “Sanctuary,” for which he did Lee Remick’s costumes, after which he rarely stopped throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s He was nominated four times for an Academy Award for costume design, for DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962); THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? (1969); TOM SAWYER (1973); and PRIZZI'S HONOR (1985).

The 6 foot 5 Donfeld was beloved in Hollywood and known for his "great flair for life, unquenchable interest in films and overflowing humor." He worked with just about every name on the Hollywood's Who's Who list including Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. in “Robin and the 7 Hoods,” (1964), Natalie Wood and Tony Curtis in “The Great Race” (1965). According to Robert Osborne;  "Bette Davis insisted he do her clothes for "Dead Ringer," Ingrid Bergman asked for him on "Walk in the Spring Rain," .. and he'd go anywhere Jacqueline Bisset wanted him, day or night, sun or storm, Europe or Pico Boulevard."  Donfeld also designed clothing for his high profile clients for their personal use.

He also designed costumes for television, including “Wonder Woman,” the 1970s series starring Lynda Carter, that brought him an Emmy nomination in 1978.

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