I had the pleasure to interview Mr. Tom Ford for the first issue of the Greek Vogue. September 1999, years ago. What has changed since for the then Mr Gucci? Tom Ford on the couch of psychoanalysis.
Tom Ford is tough. He doesn’t want to be all things to all people. Not least because he is not afraid to speak his mind about everything and everyone. He refused to dress Melania Trump even before she become the First Lady of United States.
“I was asked to dress her years ago and I refused. She is not necessarily the type of woman who completes the image I create” he said. And to justify his saying, he added that his clothes were “too expensive” to be worn by the First Lady, the representative of the American people. “Personally, I would rather prefer to put all my energy to help those who will be affected by Trump’s election and his supporters”.
Instead, he dressed Michelle Obama in 2011 on the occasion of a dinner with the Queen at the Buckingham Palace, in London. “I dressed Michelle only once, for a dinner with the Queen. I think it matched the occasion and she honored my with her choice”.
the code magazine Tom Ford interview

“We should create the need, even the illusion, that what we have in our closet has become old, in such way as to constantly want to obtain something new”


…Even if she was elected president of the US. To him, it is one of the times when fashion becomes political issue. Though Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger and Vera Wang stated that will design clothes for Melania Trump, the Texan designer insists: “The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia, which was part of her husband’s presidential campaign, is incompatible with the values ​​that we share. I advise the fellow designers to do exactly the same with me”.
He said that in another life he would like to be an architect, or better still, a plastic surgeon. Designer and director, a perfectionist visionary for women and men in clothes and accessories, beauty and grooming, he is a designer of life.
“I’ve been guilty of provocation but it’s also just common sense marketing – put a bottle of scent in a woman’s cleavage, or between her thighs – and men will notice”, he says.

the code magazine Tom Ford interview
the code magazine Tom Ford interview


For sure, for the resurrection of the House of Gucci. The waiting lists. The hysteria on the red carpet. “Nobody needs another pair of Gucci shoes”, he has told me in our interview. “We should create the need, even the illusion, that what we have in our closet has become old,  in such way as to constantly want to obtain something new. Celebrities help us to create the need for new acquisitions to our clients”.

He has conquered the world of fashion and beauty, the film industry and its reviewers. Recently he completed the picture of a perfect life with his son. “I was born mature, ambitious, a tyrant”, is a phrase that shows his narcissistic mood. From Texas, his birthplace, he moves to New York and later to Paris at the studio of Cathy Hardwick and Perry Ellis. “Luck, hard work, instinct, worthy partners. Today everything is done for beauty and publicity. The fact that I can stand in front of a camera feeling comfortable, definitely helped”.

the code magazine Tom Ford interview


“While fashion is exciting because it changes all the time, it is also fleeting. Film, though, is forever. In a way therefore, film is the ultimate design project”. Is he a megalomaniac? “I’m a perfectionist to the point of insanity. I don’t think I’m a megalomaniac, though you’d have to ask the people who work with me. Either we click, or they don’t last very long. Do I throw tantrums? Yes. But more with Richard, at home if he’s forgotten to buy milk…”.



Sandy Tsantaki

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