TOM FORD: Fashion Designer, Film Director, Screenwriter, Film Producer - Fashion Worldwide
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Tom Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer who was born on August 27, 1961, in Austin, Texas.

“I was always very visual, always interested in design. I don’t mean that I sat around at age 5 sketching clothes. But if my parents went out to dinner and left me alone, I would rearrange all the living room furniture before they came back home. My parents encouraged me to do anything. If I wanted art lessons, they found paint and a teacher.”

You should know that the famous designer had 2 role models in fashion: his mother and grandmother.

“My mother was very chic, very classic. My paternal grandmother was very stylish in a very Texas way—everything big and flashy, from jewelry to car.”

Ford’s family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Ford attended high school at the prestigious Santa Fe Preparatory School. He graduated at age 17, and then enrolled at New York University in 1979 as an art history major. In 1980, after just one year at NYU, Ford dropped out and moved to Los Angeles, where he made a living acting in television commercials. A few years later, he moved back to New York and enrolled in the Parsons School of Design, studying architecture. Here, he made a decision: to switch to fashion.

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1983

Ford lived in Italy for just one year to work with the brand Chloe as an intern.

1985

After the graduation, Ford got a job with sportswear designer Cathy Hardwick, where he stayed for 2 years as design assistant. After that, he landed a job designing jeans for Perry Ellis on New York’s Seventh Avenue.

1990

The famous designer moved to Milan where he became Womenswear Designer for Gucci. Under Ford’s direction, Gucci’s annual sales grew to $3 billion.

1994

He became the Creative Director of Gucci from 1994-2004. During his tenure at the luxury group, Ford also added Sergio Rossi, Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga to the Gucci group’s roster.

2000

Tom Ford becomes Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent.

2003

At Paris Fashion Week, Ford launched his collections Spring Summer 2003 for Gucci and YSL. This was regarded as one of his greatest collections. This fashion line focused on animal prints on t-shirts, pants and gowns. This specific line became a trend-setter and it was introduced when animal prints were in vogue.

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2005

Ford announced the opening of his Film Production company FADE TO BLACK. Since resigning from Gucci in 2005, Ford has launched his own fashion brand Tom Ford Brand, which designs menswear, eyewear and beauty products.

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2006

Ford created a buzz for his new company when he posed on the cover of a 2006 issue of Vanity Fair wearing Tom Ford Brand menswear. In the same photo, there were Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson, both of whom posed nude. In collaboration with Ermenegildo Zegna, the fashion designer launched a range of luxury menswear, including suits, accessories and shoes.

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2007

Ford opened his flagship store, modelled after his London townhouse in New York’s Madison Avenue. He partnerships with luxury department stores Daslu and Villa Moda and his brand would would become an international label with flagships in London, Hawaii, Milan and L.A.

2009

Ford debuted into the film industry with his the film “A Single Man”, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Ford co-wrote and directed the film, based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood. “A Single Man” got the attetnion of the critics, a nomination for Best Actor and Ford an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay.

The film was considered unconventional. The movie collected a total of $24.000.000 at the box-office and was featured at many film festivals including at Toronto International Film Festival, the same year.

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2010

Ford marked his return to womenswear design with an intimate presentation at his Madison Avenue flagship store with a bunch of celebrities: Beyoncé, Daphne Guinness and Lauren Hutton. The public and the rest of the fashion industry waited 2 months to see the collection in an exclusive feature in American Vogue Magazine. The next collection was showed at London Fashion Week, privately in a showroom.

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2011

When the First Lady – Michelle Obama – visited the Buckingham Palace, in May 2011, Ford designed a white gown with a crisscross halter neckline and arm-length gloves for the regal occasion. In 2011, he was featured on the cover of the bi-annual publication ‘AnOther Man’.

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2013

In 2013, Jay Z – the hip-hop artist – dedicated a song to him simply titled “Tom Ford” (from the album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”) and collaborated with Justin Timberlake on his cover art and music video for song Suit & Tie, affirming his position as an influential mega brand. That same year, he was featured in the list of ‘50 best-dressed over 50s’ by the ‘Guardian’.

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2016

Ford wrote, co-produced, and directed Nocturnal Animals, a psychological thriller based on a 1993 novel by Austin Wright. The film stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal and garnered Ford a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director.

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One of the most decorated designers of his generation, Ford has won numerous fashion awards for his work with Gucci and his own Tom Ford Brand. He has won 5 Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, 4 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards and was named 2001’s GQ designer of the year.

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