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Tom Ford

American, b. 1961

No one understands sex appeal quite like American designer Tom Ford.

An avowed perfectionist from an early age, Ford was rearranging furniture at the age of six and offering his mother advice on her hair and shoes. The designer, author, film director and chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is one of the most successful people working in fashion today.

Born in Austin, Texas, Ford grew up in the suburbs of Houston and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He briefly attended New York University, where he studied art history before dropping out to pursue acting. He became a regular at Studio 54, with its decadent nightlife later informing his high-octane fashion. He studied architecture at Parsons School of Design before shifting his focus to fashion and spending time at the Parsons Paris campus, graduating in 1985. The rest of the decade he worked for designers Perry Ellis and Cathy Hardwick. In 1990, Gucci’s creative director Dawn Mello hired him as a womens-wear designer.

At the time, the Italian label was better known for leather goods than luxury fashion. It was also nearly bankrupt. After Mello left in 1994, following a Bahrain-based investment group becoming Gucci’s majority shareholder, Ford was named creative director. He soon infused the brand with a fresh sensuality and bold style. His fall 1995 show, in which Kate Moss walked down the runway in an unbuttoned satin shirt, velvet hip-huggers and tousled hair, heralded an exciting, glammed-up era for the once fusty brand. Vogue critic Sarah Mower called it “one of those hitting-in-the-solar-plexus moments.”

As Ford shot to fame, he continued to explore plunging necklines, such as in the black and white looks of the Fall 1996 collection, and sumptuous fabrics like leather and tweed, with the Fall 2000 ready-to-wear collection ranging from sultry silk evening dresses to plush belted coats. He also cranked up the seduction in the provocative ads for the fashion house, particularly with regard to campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, which Gucci acquired in 1999 (Ford was also named creative director for YSL and designed the brand’s ready-to-wear collection). Gucci's Fall/Winter 1997 campaign featured Carolyn Murphy grasping Angela Lindvall in what looked like a video still; in another shot, a face pressed against a foot in a lipstick-red heel. Each promoted a vision of modern fashion where women were sexually confident, the materials were luxurious and the styles were fearless.

In 2004, Ford and Gucci president Domenico De Sole left the company after failing to agree on the renewal of their contracts. In 2006, with De Sole as chairman, Ford launched his wildly successful eponymous menswear label. The brand has expanded into womens wear, beauty, accessoriesvintage Tom Ford handbags are universally adored by celebrities and collectors alike — as well as eyewear and fragrance, with the unisex Black Orchid introduced in 2006. Ford broke into film directing with the critically acclaimed A Single Man in 2009 and Nocturnal Animals in 2016, continuing to blur the boundaries between fashion and culture.

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F/W 2002 GUCCI by Tom Ford Black Silk Lacing Mini Dress
By Gucci, Tom Ford
Located in Austin, TX
F/W 2002 GUCCI by Tom Ford Black Lacing Mini Dress Made in Italy Silk Bust: 27" - 34", Waist: 26" -32", Hips: 32" - 41", Length: 32.5" front/ 37" back Size: 38
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Early 2000s Italian Tom Ford

Chalk Padlock Leather Pumps
By Tom Ford
Located in London, GB
Tom Ford Chalk Padlock Leather Sandals - Pointed toe - Detachable adjustable ankle strap with buckle closure - Leather lining and insole - Gold-toned metal padlock detail ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tom Ford

2003 TOM FORD for YVES SAINT LAURENT black runway dress with rose
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Tom Ford
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare, jet-black jersey dress with bell sleeves and dramatic oversized purple flower detail designed by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent exactly as seen on the spring 2003 runway....
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Early 2000s Italian Tom Ford

Black Wool Knitted Vest
By Tom Ford
Located in London, GB
Tom Ford Black Knitted Vest - Black chunky knit v-neck vest - Large ribbed waistband - Sleeveless Materials 100% Wool Made in Italy PLEASE NOTE, THESE ITEMS...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tom Ford

COLLECTIBLE TOM FORD for GUCCI EMBELLISHED GOLD CLUTCH BAG
By Tom Ford, Gucci
Located in Montgomery, TX
HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE GUCCI CLUTCH CREATED BY TOM FORD Fully beaded GG monogramm Gold Bamboo shaped handle Tonal leather lining Single slit pocket at interior wall Push-lock ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Tom Ford

New Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent F/W 2004 Red Black Shoes 38.5 39 42
By Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Montgomery, TX
New Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Shoes Wedge Sandals F/W 2004 Collection Italian Sizes Available 38.5 - US 8.5 , 39 - US 9, 42 - US 12. Black Velvet, Dark Red Patent Leather Wedge...
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Early 2000s Italian Tom Ford

Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent White Cotton Ruffled Tank Top Shirt Blouse YSL
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford
Located in San Diego, CA
The perfect white tank! TOM FORD for YVES SAINT LAURENT white cotton sleeveless tank top shirt ! Features flattering vertical rows of ruffles down the front and back. Simply slips ov...
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Early 2000s Italian Tom Ford

Tom Ford Tan Textured Suede Natalia Bag
By Tom Ford
Located in London, GB
Tom Ford Tan Textured Suede Natalia Bag - Tan suede leather finish - Gold panel feature at the front - Leather on sides of the bag - Leather Handle - 3 Interior pockets, one is a ...
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2010s Tom Ford

  • Tom Ford Tan Textured Suede Natalia Bag
  • Tom Ford Tan Textured Suede Natalia Bag
  • Tom Ford Tan Textured Suede Natalia Bag
  • Tom Ford Tan Textured Suede Natalia Bag
H 6.3 in. W 1.38 in. L 8.27 in.
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