It’s September 1995. The well known Pop star Madonna is giving a live interview during Mtv’s Music Video awards when all of a sudden Courtney love crashes the interview & throws her MAC make-up compact at Madonna & then on air Video-Jockey Kurt Loder, Madonna dressed in a silk button up and velvet pants tries to wipe off the make-up as Kurt awkwardly ask’s “Who are you wearing?” to which Madonna replies frustratingly at the incident,”GUCCI, GUCCI, GUCCI!!!”
“That’s when it all started.” says Fashion Designer Tom Ford.
Ford is credited with the single handed turn around of Gucci when he assumed the role of lead creative designer back in 1994. Creating signature looks with hip-hugger’s and navel revealing dresses, Tom Ford’s designs replaced the early 90’s minimalism with updated retro-looks with sex appeal. A later theme in his revitalized ad campaigns for Gucci, Taking the fashion giant amidst their then financial struggles and expanding from the signature leathers to women’s ready to wear, men’s ready-to-wear and even home furnishing’s. Tom Ford took the company’s then earning’s of $230 million in 1994, to the astounding 3 billion in 2010.
Thomas Carlyle Ford, born in Austin, Texas on August 27th, 1961. After graduating he enrolled at NYU as an Art history major but left after one year. His studies suffering from his role as a steady fixture at the infamous Studio54 club( The disco Era glamour would later influence his designs in fashion). Ford then moved to Los Angeles, living by acting in Television commercials.Eventually moving back to New York to enroll, with money he saved from his acting career, in Parsons school of Design, graduating in Architecture in 1985. Though after graduation down playing his degree to land jobs in the fashion industry,notably with designer Kathy Hardwick and the brand Perry Ellis. “I just woke up one morning and thought, ‘What am I doing?’ Architecture was just way too … serious. I mean, every architectural project I ever did, I worked a dress into it somehow. So I realized that fashion was the right balance between art and commerce, and that was it.”
I credit his success to his life long ability to pursue his dreams.Tom Ford has taken risk after risk and it has paid off well. Just think if he had finished art history? What if he had stuck in acting? What If he had pursued architecture? What if he had turned down the struggling brand Gucci and the internal conflicts they were suffering? Taking risks is what it takes and no one knows this more than Tom Ford the Master of ingenuity and risks.More recently with the launch of his namesake fashion label TOMFORD. The international brand is the completely uninhibited Ford, with rich architectural designs and impeccable lines that are his niche alone.This limitless ability to innovate is truly inspiring.