Time Magazine announced its 2011 list of 100 most influential people in the world, and Tom Ford is listed as a fashion and film Director. A quick look at his biography reveals how he qualifies for this position.
Tom Ford was born on August 27, 1961 as Thomas Carlyle Ford (currently 49). Originally from Austin, Texas, Tom attended New York University only to drop out and earn an architecture degree from Parsons the New School for Design.
The big break came in 1994 when Tom was promoted to be the creative director of Gucci. When the brand acquired Yves Saint Laurent in 2000, he became creative director for YSL too. One of Tom’s most controversial moves during his 10 years at Gucci is featuring a nude Sophie Dahl on the ad for YSL’s Opium perfume.
After quitting Gucci in 2004, Tom Ford opened his own brand. It was only a matter of time before he produced more provocative ads, like the ads for Tom Ford men’s cologne, eyewear or Neroli Portfolino bath collection.
2009 marked Tom’s debut as a film director with A single man, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood, the movie portrays a British professor living in 1960s SoCal who suffers from depression.
As of his personal life, Tom Ford is openly gay and currently with long-time partner Richard Buckley.
On a humorous note, a Canadian used car dealer recently ran this ad in an Ontario newspaper. The caption reads: “You know you’re not the first. But do you really care?” – implying Tom’s irresistible attraction despite his promiscuity.