Tom Ford

Fashion Designer

Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of the Gucci fashion house and the creation of the Tom Ford label before directing the Oscar-nominated film A Single Man.

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1961 Birth Tom Ford was born August 27, 1961, in Austin, Texas, to realtors Shirley Burton (née Shirley Ann Thrasher) and Thomas David Ford. … Read More


1979 17 Years Old In Santa Fe, he entered St. Michael's High School and later moved to Santa Fe Preparatory School, from which he graduated in 1979. … Read More


1988 26 Years Old In 1988, Ford moved to Perry Ellis, where he knew both Robert McDonald, the company's president, and Marc Jacobs, its designer, socially. … Read More
1990 28 Years Old In 1990, Mello hired Ford as the brand's chief women's ready-to-wear designer and Ford moved to Milan. "I was talking to a lot of people, and most didn't want the job," Mello said. "For an American designer to move to Italy to join a company that was far from being a brand would have been pretty risky." … Read More


1992 30 Years Old Ford's role at Gucci rapidly expanded; he was designing menswear within six months, and shoes soon after that. When Richard Lambertson left as design director in 1992, Ford took over his position, heading the brand's ready-to-wear, fragrances, image, advertising, and store design.
1993 31 Years Old In 1993, when he was in charge of designing eleven product lines, Ford worked eighteen-hour days. … Read More
1994 32 Years Old In 1994, Ford was promoted to Creative Director of Gucci. … Read More
1995 33 Years Old In 1995, he brought in French stylist Carine Roitfeld and photographer Mario Testino to create a series of new ad campaigns for the company. … Read More
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By 1999, the house, which had been almost bankrupt when Ford joined, was valued more than $4 billion.


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In April 2004, Ford parted ways with the Gucci group after he and CEO Domenico de Sole, who is credited as Ford's partner in Gucci's success, failed to agree with Pinault Printemps Redoute boss over control of the Group. … Read More
2006 44 Years Old After leaving Gucci, Ford launched a line of menswear, beauty, eyewear, and accessories in 2006, named after himself, "Tom Ford". … Read More
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…  In 2009 he made his directorial debut with A Single Man, based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. … Read More
2011 49 Years Old Michelle Obama wore an ivory floor-length evening gown designed by Ford to Buckingham Palace in 2011. … Read More


2013 51 Years Old In 2013, Tom Ford was mentioned in Justin Timberlake's song "Suit & Tie", which was a collaboration with Jay Z. … Read More
2014 52 Years Old In 2014, Ford released a new product, called the "Penis Pendant Necklace".
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In 2015, Ford became attached to direct Nocturnal Animals, an adaptation of the Austin Wright book Tony and Susan, with George Clooney and Grant Heslov serving as producers. … Read More
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