Tom Ford

Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford ( born August 27, 1961 in Austin, Texas) is an American fashion designer and film director.


He was born in 1961 in Austin and spent his childhood in Santa Fe ( New Mexico). He began at New York University in New York to study art history, but he broke off. Then Ford took in 1986 to study architecture at the Parsons School of Design in which he completed in Paris at the city's Parsons School of Design. His goal was to be a fashion designer, like his idol Calvin Klein.

After graduation, he worked at Cathy Hardwick and Perry Ellis as a designer until he was in 1990 by Dawn Mellow, the former Gucci creative director discovered. His job at Gucci in Milan Womenswear designer was to renew the financially troubled label around. He was appointed Design Director and Creative Director 1994 1992. A year later, he achieved his breakthrough. Due to the consequent modernization of the company and an advertising campaign orchestrated by the Peruvian star photographer Mario Testino, in a busy Ford, the company with new splendor.

Through Ford's change in the Gucci looks toward glamor was the value of the luxury label, which in 1993 was strong run down, in 1999 approximately 4.3 billion U.S. dollars. Tom Ford was the star designer par excellence, for he succeeded in his person to merge into the label Gucci one and the same. He created inter alia for the Gucci fragrance " Envy ".

In 2000, the Gucci Group had fallen in a label Yves Saint Laurent ( YSL ). Ford was there also employed as a creative director and is now responsible for all product lines of both fashion houses. He planned to some extent, advertising campaigns and store design was subordinate to him the same way. Only the commercially moderate success of the label YSL dampened the career Fords.

On November 4, 2003 Ford left Gucci Group to found his own fashion label Tom Ford together with Domenico de Sole (President of Gucci Group). In the fall of 2006, he presented the first collections, in April 2007, he opened the first Tom Ford flagship store in New York. His fashion label Tom Ford, which focuses on men's clothing and accessories, made ​​since then in the fashion industry worldwide attention at the highest level and is in demand as established fashion labels. In particular sunglasses - men and women - were in high demand during the summer season 2007. Due to the rarity of Tom Ford 's clothing and the meaning of the name of the fashion designer, the label became a high priority in the first year. So Tom Ford proclaimed in the first year after the opening of his New York flagship stores, that he'll soon be followed by other stores in London, Milan, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

2009 Ford presented with the drama A Single Man made ​​his feature film debut as a director before. The film, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore in the lead roles received an invitation to compete in the 66th Film Festival of Venice and brought Firth 2010 Oscar nomination in the category " Best Actor " one.


Since 1987, Ford has with his partner, fashion journalist Richard Buckley, together.

On September 23, 2012 Ford was the first time father. In Los Angeles, his son Alexander John Buckley Ford was born.

Filmography (selection)

  • 2009: A Single Man


Tom Ford is in possession of numerous awards, among others, he was awarded:

  • International Designer of the Year - Fashion Editors Club Japan 1996;
  • Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year;
  • Four VH - 1 Fashion Music Awards and the Fashion's Future Best New Designer prize in 1995.
  • Elle Style Icon Award in 1999
  • GLAAD Vito Russo Award in 2007