Tom Ford

Fashion designer, Film director
A major figure in the late 1990s and early millennium world of international fashion, Tom Ford was a designer and creative director whose sexy, stylish creations helped to turn the houses of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent ... Read more »
Born: 08/27/1961 in Austin, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mademoiselle C 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great New Wonderful 2006 (Movie)

Mr. Jeffers (Actor)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter
Director (1)

A Single Man 2009 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

A Single Man 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

A Single Man 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Biography

A major figure in the late 1990s and early millennium world of international fashion, Tom Ford was a designer and creative director whose sexy, stylish creations helped to turn the houses of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from fading icons to powerhouse labels. A childhood steeped in creativity took Ford from the southwest to New York and Paris, where his talent and charm helped bring him into the Gucci fold. There, he brought elegance and fire to their stagnant look, and revived their fortunes tenfold. Ford's Midas touch had the same effect on Saint Laurent, but in 2004, he parted ways with both companies to strike out on his own. His reputation naturally made his own label a success, but few could have predicted that he would make a stellar debut as a director with "A Single Man" (2009). The favorable response from critics and film festivals seemed to indicate that fashion was not the only art form that Ford would master.

Relationships

Richard Buckley

Companion
Former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Hommes International Together since 1987

Alexander Buckley Ford

Son
Born via surrogate Sept. 23, 2012; father, Richard Buckley

Shirley Bunton

Mother

Tom Ford

Father

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
Dropped out after only a year

The New School

New York , New York
Graduated from Parsons The New School For Design

Santa Fe Preparatory School

Santa Fe , New Mexico 1979

Milestones

2009

Made directorial debut with "A Single Man," based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood; also adapted screenplay; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay

2007

Opened first Tom Ford flagship store on New York City's Madison Avenue

2004

Parted ways with the Gucci group over creative differences

2004

Opened the Tom Ford fashion house, which began with accessories; his line of eye wear was the first to become successful

1994

Promoted to creative director of Gucci; later Gucci acquired the house of Yves Saint-Laurent and Ford was named the creative director of that label as well

1992

Took over as head designer for Gucci's ready-to-wear, fragrances, image, advertising, and store design

1990

Hired by Gucci to be the brand's chief women's ready-to-wear designer

1988

Worked for Perry Ellis with fellow designer Marc Jacobs

Before graduating from the New School, spent six months in Paris, where he worked as an intern in Chloé's press office

Worked as a design assistant for American designer Cathy Hardwick for two years

Grew up in Santa Fe, NM

Bonus Trivia

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Ford has commissioned houses from the Los Angeles firm of Marmol Radziner, the Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza, and the Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

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