Tom Ford

Tom Ford, born as Thomas Carlyle Ford in 1961 in Austin, Texas is an American fashion designer. He moved to New York to study art history at New York University. Only a year into his studies, Ford dropped out of NYU and enrolled at Parsons The New School for Design, earning a degree in architecture. After graduating, and with little experience in fashion Ford landed a job with the sportswear designer Cathy Hardwick as a design assistant. Two years later, he joined Perry Elilis. In 1990 he moved to Milan, Italy to work for Gucci and was named Design Director in 1992. He was promoted to Creative Director in 1994 and received the International Award from the CFDA the next year. When Gucci acquired Yves Saint Lauren in 1999, Ford was named as its Creative Director as well. In 2004, Ford resigned from Gucci, and would go on to release his own menswear brand Tom Ford in 2006. In 2005, Ford founded his own film production company, FADE TO BLACK and in 2009, released his film, A Single Man, based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood.

Tom Ford was written by Ford and Bridget Foley and was published by Rizzoli New York in November 2004. It catalogues Ford's work for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent and was published to commemorate his departure from Gucci.

Tom Ford is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Fashion

Portrait of Tom Ford, 1978. Courtesy of Tom Ford Archive
Tom Ford, YSL. Image by Roxanne Lowit
YSL. Image by Sølve Sundbø