History of Fashion – Tom Ford

Tom Ford is the American fashion designer who, during the late 1990s, was accredited with Gucci’s turnaround. More recently he established the brand which bears his name, Tom Ford. He has also tried his hand at film directing.

Ford studied interior architecture at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, but soon switched to fashion. By 1990, he had moved to Milan and joined the Gucci team as its Women’s Wear Designer. After just two years he had climbed all the way to Creative Director with annual sales reaching a high of $3 billion under his direction.

In 2005, Ford launched his own fashion empire which consists of menswear, beauty, eyewear and subsequently men and women’s accessories. Tom Ford transpires youthfulness and an edgy charge which is transmitted in his fashion creations.

That same year, he announced the opening of his film production company, ‘Fade to Black’. He made his directorial debut in 2009 with A Single Man, featuring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, which was very positively received.

Ford claims to sleep only about two to three hours each night. He also keeps post-it notes on his bedside to quickly jot down any ideas he might have.

Throughout his career, Ford has received a myriad of top awards from both the fashion industry as well as that of film. In 2013, he was also named by the Guardian as one of the 50 best dressed men in the over 50 group.