Thomas Carlyle “Tom” Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own “Tom Ford” label. Ford directed the films A Single Man which was Oscar-nominated, and Nocturnal Animals. In 1994, Ford was promoted to Creative Director of Gucci. In his first year at the helm, he introduced Halston-style velvet hipsters, skinny satin shirts and car-finish metallic patent boots.
I'm A Very Serious Person.
I Probably Do Have An Obsessive Personality, But Striving For Perfection Has Served Me Well.
British Men Are Peacocks. You See A Lot More Style On The Streets Here Than You See Anywhere Else, On Every Level.
My Grandmother Was Probably The First Person Who I Thought Was Beautiful. She Was Incredibly Stylish, She Had Big Hair, Big Cars. I Was Probably 3 Years Old, But She Was Like A Cartoon Character. She'd Swoop Into Our Lives With Presents And Boxes, And She Always Smelled Great And Looked Great.
I Was Not Good At Team Sports, I Have To Say. I'm Quite Good At Individual Sports, But I Was Not Good At Team Sports, So I Wasn't Good At Baseball And Football.
I Am Really A Loner After All; I Am Really Not A Social Person. Because Of My Job, People Think I Am Out Every Night, But I Really Hate All That. I Am Somebody Who Likes To Be Alone And See Some Close Friends. I Am A Shy And Introspective Person.
I Grew Up In New Mexico, And The Older I Get, I Have Less Need For Contemporary Culture And Big Cities And All The Stuff We Are Bombarded With. I Am Happier At My Ranch In The Middle Of Nowhere Watching A Bug Carry Leaves Across The Grass, Listening To Silence, Riding My Horse, And Being In Open Space.
A Lot Of People Think A High Armhole Is Restrictive, But It Gives You Total Movement Because It's Cut Right Up To Your Arm.
I Am A Spiritual Person In An Eastern Religion Kind Of Way. I Learned That Happiness For All Of Us Is A Switch That You Flick In Your Brain. It Doesn't Have Anything To Do With Getting A New House, A New Car, A New Girlfriend, Or A New Pair Of Shoes. Our Culture Is Very Much About That; We Are Never Happy With What We Have Today.
When You Are Having Fun And Creating Something You Love, It Shows In The Product. So When A Woman Is Sifting Through A Rack Of Clothes, Somehow That Piece Of Clothing That You Had So Much Fun Designing Speaks To Her; She Responds To It And Buys It. I Believe You Can Actually Transfer That Energy To Material Things As You're Creating Them.
I Am A Perfectionist. This Job Is A Total Ego Thing In A Way. To Be A Designer And Say, 'This Is The Way They Should Dress; This Is The Way Their Homes Should Look; This Is The Way The World Should Be.' But Then, That's The Goal: World Domination Through Style.
I Love To Design. I Am A Commercial Fashion Designer. I Always Design Jackets With Two Sleeves. I Don't Design Jackets With Three Sleeves, Or The Layers And Layers Come Off Like Little Dolls From Russia. Fashion For Me Is A Creative Endeavor, But It Is Not Art For Me.
I Guess I'm Just One Of These People Who, When I Decide I'm Going To Do Something, I Just Do It.
The World Might Be A Very Scary Place If It Were Only Run By Virgos.
I Am Not Someone Who Likes Cocktail Parties Or Large Dinner Parties, But I Have To Attend Them Often. I Much Prefer Very Small Dinners With Close Friends.
I Went To A Fashion Show, And This Silver-haired Guy Was Staring At Me With These Piercing Water-blue Eyes. It Scared Me Because I Absolutely Saw And Knew My Entire Future.
You Always Notice A Facelift On A Woman. It's A Tightness Around The Ears, And The Scar Is Usually Inside The Ears. If I Suspect It's Been Done, I Usually Move Around Until I Can See It. But With A Man, It Actually Pulls Your Beard And Your Sideburns Back, And That's What's So Strange.
I Am Actually Extremely Casual In Certain Environments. But One Of The Reasons I Like Living In London, I Like The Formality Of It, As Compared To The Formality Of America - Or Informality. I Like Putting On A Suit. I Like Putting On A Tie.
My Customer Has Her Own Sense Of Style And Knows Herself Well. My Goal Is To Help Women Become The Best Version Of Themselves.
I'm A Believer In Fate And In Fulfilling Your Destiny. I've Always Had A Kind Of Inner Voice That I Have Learned To Listen To.
When I Am On My Deathbed, I Don't Think I Will Be Thinking About A Nice Pair Of Shoes I Had Or My Beautiful House. I Am Going To Be Thinking About An Evening I Spent With Somebody When I Was Twenty Where I Felt That I Was Just Absolutely Connected To Them.
I Don't Think Fashion Has To Change Every Five Minutes. I'd Like These To Be Clothes You Can Wear For A Long Time - Ten, 20 Years; Pass On To Your Daughter. Why Buy Vintage When You Can Open Your Own Closet!
College Campuses Were Once A Hotbed Of Political Activity.
We Live In A Material World. I'm Not Saying That Beautiful Things Don't Enhance Our Lives. But, In Our Culture, We're Never Happy.
From The Time We're Born Until We Die, We're Kept Busy With Artificial Stuff That Isn't Important.
The Seventies Is What I Love. Soft, Touchable Beauty Is What I Love.
As A Fashion Designer, I Was Always Aware That I Was Not An Artist, Because I Was Creating Something That Was Made To Be Sold, Marketed, Used, And Ultimately Discarded.
I Find A Bath Meditative And Usually Prepare Myself For The Day In This Manner.
I Told Myself That I Would Not Come Back To Women's Fashion Until I Felt I Had Something New To Say. I Feel That Fashion Has Become Too Serious And That The Actual Customer's Needs Have Not Really Been Addressed. Fashion Needs To Make One Happy. It Is A Luxury And Should Enhance One's Quality Of Life.
When The Youth Of America Gets Together, Amazing Things Happen.
I Was On The Train From London To Paris, And All Of A Sudden It Just Popped Into My Head: I'm Going To Do The Don Loper Fashion Show From 'I Love Lucy.'
In The Early Seventies, I Had Shoulder-length Hair, Bell-bottom Pants, Love Beads And Shirts That Laced Up At The Front. But Then I Smartened Up.
If I'm Sending Emails, And I Get All Wound Up And Stressed And Don't Know What To Do With Myself For 20 Minutes, I Just Go Soak In Hot Water And Lie There, Thinking, 'What Should I Do?' So It's Meditative.
Banking Types Should Take Their Cue From Gordon Gekko. Or Pick The Best-looking Banker In Their Firm And Copy Him.
There Are Many Designers Who Have Much Greater Talent As A Designer Than I Do, But They May Not Have My Drive, They May Not Work As Hard, They May Not Have The Focus, The Desire... You Have To Have A Talent Because, At The End Of The Day, If The Pants You Design Don't Make Someone's Butt Look Great, They're Not Going To Buy Them.
I Think People Are Sick Of Trends Changing Every Six Months - Not Because We're Tired Of Them, But Just For The Sake Of Change. There Is So Much Junk In The World: Junk Tv, Junk Movies, All Those Junk Magazines With The Same People On The Cover.
I Couldn't Have Cared Less About Gucci When I First Went There - But Soon After I Arrived, I Cared A Lot.
I Think That Monogamy Is Artificial. I Do Not Think It's Something That Comes Naturally To Us.
Your Connections With Other People Are Important, Our Connection To The Earth.
My Own Skin-care Ritual Is Quite Simple And Straightforward; I Don't Like A Lot Of Fuss, Surprisingly. My Products Are Designed To Make You Look And Feel Better. I Think There Are A Lot Of Men Out There Who Want And Need The Same Products.
If You're At The Oscars, There's Not A Man On That Red Carpet Who Is Not Wearing Make-up. Most Straight Actors I Know Get Quite Used To It. Even When They Go Out In Real Life They Grab Some Sort Of Bronzer And They Throw It On. They Dye Their Eyebrows, They Dye Their Lashes - They Know The Tricks.
I Have A Driver In London Because I Am Slightly Dyslexic And Cannot Drive In The U.k.; After All, The Traffic Runs The Opposite Way To That In The United States.
What Is Important Is That We Stop And Realize, 'Okay. This Is Fine. I Can Enjoy That.' But What Is Really Important, What I'm Really Going To Take Away With Me From This Life, Is My Connection With Other People.
Part Of Fashion Is Newness. It's Got To Be A New Combination Of Elements That's Shocking-stunning-beautiful All At The Same Time. But It Doesn't Have Any Emotion.
Certain Directors Are Known For A Certain Kind Of Beauty; It Becomes Their Signature.
Advertising Is, Of Course, Important Because Advertise Is The Final Design. It's The Last Layer That Speaks To The Customer, That Tells Them What You Have.
I Live, I Shop Almost Exclusively On The Internet. I've Bought Cars On The Internet. I Watch Television, I Do Everything On It. I Even Watch My Son Online.
But As An Adult Working In The Fashion Industry, I Struggle With Materialism. And I'm One Of The Least Materialistic People That Exist, Because Material Possessions Don't Mean Much To Me. They're Beautiful, I Enjoy Them, They Can Enhance Your Life To A Certain Degree, But They're Ultimately Not Important.
If My Parents Had Discouraged Me, I Would Have Turned Out Very Differently. They Raised Me In An Open-minded, Liberal Environment.
I'm Living The Exact Life I Planned On Living When I Was Five. My Life Has Taken Some Turns And Changes That I Didn't Anticipate, And It Has Brought Me Different Things. I Thought Material Things Would Bring Me Happiness, Which They Didn't. But Through This, I Have Learned What Things Are Important And What Aren't.