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Tom Ford | Biography

Tom Ford is one of the most popular fashion designers of the world. He is an award winning American born fashion mogul who is a prominent figure in the fashion industry. He is also an accomplished director and is mostly praised for directing the movie A Single Man which was nominated for an Oscar. He is much famous for his work with Gucci and is the founder of his own self-titled fashion label. The renowned fashion designer was born on August 27, 1961.

Tom was born and raised in Texas. During his childhood, he lived in Austin, Houston and San Marcos. At the age of eleven, he moved to New Mexico and there he graduated high school. His love for fashion and design led him to New York City and it was during this time he came to know of his homosexuality. He is now married to Richard Buckley. The couple met in 1986 and started dating immediately. Tom was 25 when he met Richard who was 38 then. They have been together for over twenty five years now. Their son was born in 2012. They have been living together in Italy since 1990.

Young Tom was educated at St. Michael’s High School and Santa Fe Preparatory School. He studied for a short time at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and later joined New York University. During this time, he was seen in many commercials in television. He enrolled at Parsons The New School for Design to study interior architecture. He worked extensively in the field of fashion however passed out college with an architecture degree. After graduation, he persuaded Cathy Hardwick to offer him an assisting job. Later he joined Perry Ellis and after two years of working there, he set out to work in the European fashion industry. He started working with then less popular brand, Gucci and moved to Milan with his boyfriend. His time at Gucci proved to be majorly fruitful for the fashion brand. At Gucci, he progressed rapidly and helped increase the sales by 90%. The company came to be known as one of the most popular brands and by the time Tom left Gucci in 2004, the company has earned $10 billion. He also became the creative director of Yves Saint Laurent and led many iconic campaigns with the fashion house. In 2004, he departed from Gucci after he was unable to take over the artistic control of the company.  In 2006, he decided to launch his own line of men’s clothing and beauty accessories. He and his Gucci partner Domenico de Sole became partners for Tom Ford label and Domenico was appointed as Chairman. In 2005, Tom declared the establishment of FADE TO BLACK, a production group and three years later he was able to make his directorial debut in A Single Man. The movie featuring actors Colin Firth, Nicholas Hoult and Julianne Moore was a sensational hit and received many awards. Tom received nominations for Independent Spirit Awards and Critics Association Award. He has won several other awards for his fashion work such as the International Award from Council of Fashion Designers of America, Style Icon Award, Best International Designer, Accessory Designer of the Year Award, Fashion Design Achievement Award, GLAAD Media Awards and many more. He has a net worth of $70 million.

Tom Ford is at the prime of his life now and his fans expect him to prosper even more. When he is exhausted from the daily emails and stress, he likes to loosen up by taking a hot bath. He has mentioned that he can sometimes take as many as five baths in one day if he is extremely stressed out.  

Tom Ford has become one of the most sought after fashion brands in the world. Its creator Tom Ford is an influential man in the fashion industry. He is the founder of the label Tom Ford which has been gaining much attention in the fashion industry. He had a huge role to play in reviving the fashion giant, Gucci, in the 1990s. His work is admired and worn by many high profile celebrities and television personalities. He is an inspiration to many young aspiring designers.