He was born in 1961 in Austin (Texas), where he spent his childhood in Santa Fe (New Mexico). His training for the following career began at New York University, New York, where he studied art history. This study, however, he broke off. Ford then went to 1986, the Parsons School of Design, at which he attended architecture study. Ford finished his studies in Paris at the city\’s Parsons School of Design. His goal was to become a fashion designer, like his role model Calvin Klein.
After completing his studies, he worked for Cathy Hardwick and Perry Ellis as a designer until 1990 he was discovered by Dawn Mellow, the former Gucci creative director. His task was to renew the financially troubled label and trim around on track. So his career began in 1990 as a womenswear designer at Gucci in Milan. In 1992 he was appointed design director. In 1994, Ford to the position of creative director. A year later he achieved his breakthrough. staged by the consistent upgrading of the company and an advertising campaign by the Peruvian star photographer Mario Testino, Ford revived the company with new splendor.
By Tom Ford of Gucci Change Looks in the direction of Glamour, the value of the luxury label, which had been held down strongly in 1993 and in 1999 approximately 4.3 billion U.S. dollars. This huge success, however, called for hard work, so Ford does not last more than four hours sleep. Even on his pillow stuck notes for late-night raids. Tom Ford was the star designer par excellence, since he succeeded his person with the label Gucci to merge into one and the same. He created and Others for the perfume Gucci Envy.
In 2000, consumed the Gucci Group, the label Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) a. Ford was also there, working as creative director. He was now responsible for all product lines of both fashion houses. He planned to some extent, advertising campaigns and store design was subject to him the same way. Solely the poor performance of commercial labels YSL lowered his career Fords.
On 4 November 2003, Ford announced his departure from the Gucci Group, together with Domenico de Sole (president of the Gucci Group). After his departure from Gucci, he began building his own fashion label Tom Ford in the autumn of 2006 he presented the first collections of his own label in April 2007 he opened in New York the first Tom Ford flagship store. His fashion label Tom Ford, which focuses on clothing and accessories made since in the fashion industry worldwide attention at the highest level and is in demand as established fashion labels. In particular, sunglasses – for men and women – were in high demand in the summer 2007 season. Due to the rarity of Tom Ford\’s clothing and the meaning of the name of fashion designer label gained in the first year a high priority. Sun proclaimed Tom Ford in the first year after the opening of its New York flagship store, that he will soon be followed by other stores in London, Milan, Tokyo and Los Angeles.
In Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig aka James Bond actor suits, shirts, ties and sunglasses from Tom Ford
2009 Ford lays with the drama A Single Man before his feature film debut as a director. The movie starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore in the lead roles was an invitation to the competition of the 66th Venice Film Festival.
Since 1987 Ford is with his partner, fashion journalist Richard Buckley, together. Ford is also known as King Cool. In March 2008, Ford declared that he wants to be the father of a biological child. His life partner is reluctant even to the new task as Mitvater .