“Dressing well is a form of good manners.” – Tom Ford
He is a film director, an author, and a fashion designer well-known with high-end names like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Thomas “Tom” Ford was born in Texas and later moved with his family to New Mexico. After graduating from high school and then dropping out of Brad College at Simon’s Rock, he moved to New York City and studied art history at New York University. He then left there and was apart of a number of television ads. Ford then enrolled at Parsons The New School for Design where he studied interior architecture. While at Parsons, he spent some time in Paris where he found his love for fashion. While in Paris he interned for Chloe’s press office. He graduated from Parsons while a degree in architecture but also spent time studying fashion. Ford then worked under fashion designer Cathy Hardwick. Hardwick said while interviewing Ford, he mentioned Armani being one of his favorite designers. When Hardwick later asked him why, he said she was wearing Armani, and then that there was no wonder he was hired. In 1988, he worked for Marc Jacobs. Ford has mentioned that he left the company because “Too much style in America is tacky. It’s looked down upon to be too stylish. Europeans, however, appreciate style.” Ford was then hired in 1990 for Gucci. He started designing menswear and then shoes for the brand. In 1992, Ford became design director, including Gucci’s ready-to-wear line, fragrances, advertising, image, and store design. He became creative director in 1994 where he starting changing the brand for the better. Gucci sales rates increased 90% between 1995-1996 because for Ford. Within the 1990s, Ford brought Gucci into partnership with LVMH and Pinault-Printemps-Redoute. Gucci was practically bankrupt when Ford joined and by 2004 when he left the company, they valued over $10 billion. Ford then became creative director for Yves Saint Laurent. In 2005, he created his own film production company. The following year, Ford launched his own line of menswear, eyewear, and accessories. His famous film debut is titled A Single Man. His film earned a number of award nominations for both the film and the actors apart of it. He wrote a book called Tom Ford in 2004. Tom Ford has been recognized with a number of awards such as the 1997 People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, the 1999 Style Icon Award for Elle, the 2000 Best International Designer for VH1/Vogue, the 2000 British GQ International Man of the Year Award, the 2001 Best Fashion Designer for Time Magazine, the 2001 Designer of the Year Award for GQ USA, the 2004 International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, the 2008 Menswear Designer of the Year for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the 2014 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom Ford has many new ideas to bring to both the fashion world and film industry.
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