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Tom Ford [Hardcover]

Tom Ford , Bridget Foley , Anna Wintour , Graydon Carter
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Nov. 4 2008
Tom Ford has become one of fashion’s great icons. In the past decade, he transformed Gucci from a moribund accessories label into one of the sexiest fashion brands in the world. His designs have increased sales at Gucci tenfold and have helped build the Gucci brand into the luxury goods conglomerate that it is today. Ford brought a hard-edged style synonymous with 21st century glamour to his clothes, and Hollywood sat up and took note. This book is a complete catalogue of Ford’s design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. It chronicles not only Ford’s clothing and accessories designs for both houses, but also explores Ford’s grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design, and advertising. Tom Ford features more than 200 photographs by Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, and numerous other photographers including many previously unpublished images. Published to coincide with his departure from Gucci, this book has been created with Ford’s full cooperation and every page reflects his exceptional taste. It is Ford’s testament to a career of singular moments reinventing the boundaries of style and sensuality in clothing.

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This enormous compendium may be Ford's swan song as a designer, as he recently announced that he was quitting fashion to direct movies. But for the last 10 years, as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, he took the brands in fresh directions. This huge, slipcased Festschrift checks in at 11"×14", and covers each of the Gucci years individually, compiling product shots, ads, runway candids, snippets of Ford wisdom ("I think you have to have personality at a brand—otherwise, it's just clothes"), Gucci-sporting celebrities and commercial stills. Vogue's Anna Wintour and Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter contribute a foreword and introduction respectively. The much-covered growth at Gucci and YSL are the real story behind the book, to the point where the press chat credits Ford with "carving out a new industry archetype: the businessman designer." But the 375 color and b&w photos, all culled from existing fashion archives, is more of a look back at how Ford's creations were presented (including year-by-year portraits of the photogenic Ford himself), rather than what led to their creation, how they were actually made or how they fit into the culture at large. As a 10-year time capsule of brand fashioning, the book succeeds perfectly.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un Géant! July 20 2007
J'ai récemment acheté le livre sur Tom Ford, et j'en suis resté bouche bée devant les images et son histoire. Malgré les défauts d'impression dans les textes, le recueil évalué est représentant du géant de la mode qu'il a été et qu'il est toujours. Je le conseil à ceux et celle qui veulent en savoir un peu plus sur l'ère Gucci/Yves St-Laurent par Tom Ford.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book condition April 24 2009
By D. Horn
really wish my book would have come selo wrapped in the new condition amazon promised
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is a decent and acceptable effort. But: Nov. 20 2005
By miles - Published on Amazon.com
I have witnessed the rise of this man and his designs over the years, and I must say it is rather difficult not to be impressed and seduced by him. He is what he is and he is aware this mere fact quite clearly. And suffice it to say; he is most certainly not afraid or bashful to share his meticulously-crafted and polished existence on this planet with the rest of the world.

This man was the biggest groundbreaker since Giorgio Armani and the late Gianni Versace when he was at the helm of Gucci and YSL. And he somehow singlehandedly directed, dictated and decided on the Milanese style during the late 90s and early 00s. He became one with the company while the world beneath his fingertips was rapidly changing. And at the eye of this storm that altered the fashion business irreversibly and prepared it for the next century, he made the conscious decision to mold his identity over Gucci to which he has given so much. Tom Ford restructured a new personality and stance for both Gucci, and YSL to a lesser extend: from the very top to the finest detail in image, production, style, PR and most importantly, in business. It has always been hard to resist his presence and the
power that he interminably influenced in style.

Mr. Ford is creative alright, most certainly possesses a sense of composure and finesse, ever so perfectly walks the walk, talks the talk, and refines and redefines design according to what he decides to be the most primed and perfected. He seems to have an answer for everything, because he swiftly places himself as the center of his own universe - the ultimate tastemaker and the demi-God of a designer. Perhaps the 'Oscar Wilde' of his era. I truly admire this vivid character since his will eternally be the story of a luminous vision and forceful manifesto in fashion.

And then there is this the book.

For a hardcover block of a weight heavier than my fridge, it is undeniably and adamantly vapid. There are more empty pages here than the ones with some insightful and sensible text on. The book favors more celebrity-oriented imagery focusing on a glitzy nothingness over the actual designs and the vision that sustained them. It rejoices in its lack of depth and dimension. The designer's self-indulgent proclamations, which the book features regarding his accomplishments and contentions in fashion and his place in it, are generally insipid and somehow come off as seriously reduced. I would expect some form of wordplay from Mr. Ford and his editors that should have been elegant, concise, and substantial all at the same time.

It is just empty. Why putting images of the likes of Lil Kim, or Eve, or whatever, seemed to be more pressing and suitable than a few more shots from his runways, sketches, houses, office space, mag covers; I will never know.

It is very hard to find the images or prints of his designs, ad campaigns including the compelling perfume ads, the accessories from watches to the infamous bamboo heel stilettos... He did not insert any of these iconic images that made him who he is internationally, and instead; we see a captivating dress on a gorgeous model, and on the facing page we had to see the same dress, again, on the pop culture personality Lil Kim within a very poorly-lit and arbitrary tabloid shot.

I don't know how much of his creative decisions went into the actual editing of the book, but this is somewhat insensibly executed. This should not sustain itself as a mindless photography book, enjoying a comfortably numbing visual mediocrity. It is a book titled 'TOM FORD' in obnoxiously colossal capital letters, but you do not get the sense of his presence at all. I did not expect a biography obviously, and I am happy that it is a visual book, because I always thought that the guy is more of a two-dimensional personality than a single-dimension only defined by self-congratulatory adjectives, but for a man that has a lot to say and display, there is a lot that is lacking between the covers of this effort, standing tall with over 400 glossy pages.

Needless to say, I think any price is reasonable for this man and his book that at the very least looks gorgeously architectural, but still... This is the closest he came near imperfection (literally; my first copy was printed incorrectly -had two introductions and no interview- changed it later), Moreover, I do not believe this book stands as a celebration for him, but it is almost the talented designer decidedly attempting to hint what and how much Gucci will lose when he is gone, including his celebrity fans and overall smoke-and-mirrors pizazz he interminably pumps and pumps and pumps...

PS: It is kind of funny that he only has one facial expression... at least in these photos, that is.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...goodbye... Jan. 4 2005
By Emily Todd - Published on Amazon.com
This incredibly beautiful tribute to the legacy of Tom Ford, whose unbelievably sexy designs transformed the struggling fashion houses of Gucci and Yves Saint, is a must-have for any fashionista, photographer, or artist. The gorgeous design of this book makes it worth every penny! Ford himself has combined hundreds of his favorite campaign images, red-carpet snaps, editorial pages, personal portraits, and runway photos into a truly stunning compilation.

In addition, Ford includes a lucrative amount of fascinating analyses and summaries of each year along with his inspirations and personal feelings for each year. Furthermore, the book includes a forward by Anna Wintour, an introduction by Graydon Carter, and an absorbing interview with the man himself by Bridget Foley.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Ford's Most Magnificent Project Yet April 16 2007
By Jason Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
There is no doubting that Tom Ford is the sexiest man on the planet, there is no doubting the man is one of the most talented designers. But this booklet culminates into one of the greatest publishing works I have ever seen. I was mesmerized by the packaging, intrigued by many of his choices for photographs to use and left saying, I would wear his clothes any old time. He was one of the first designers who brought sex to high fashion. I've been a tough critic many times on many publications but this one is by far the most oustanding and innovative and individual work of publishing that I've ever seen. Of course could we expect any less from Tom Ford, who has done nothing but outstanding projects from the time he left the Texas town he came from? This man is one of the greats of our time. I just hope he continues to succeed. Thanks! And by the way, buy this book, it is well worth every penny and it's a great conversation piece for any dinner party. Put it out on the coffee table and watch the fingers flip through the most glossy and elegant pages of any published work yet.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitivity, Savvy and Brilliance April 22 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
This majestic book speaks volumes about the creative mind and ingenious sense of style of Tom Ford. Images within this high-end volume include all of his innovations for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent not only in fashion accessories but also in how they were modeled and displayed. In other words, he took the most mundane of notions, such as sunglasses, and made them into iconic needs for the rich and famous. He used only the finest photographers - Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, et al - to present his products with the most sophisticated of styles. He understands our need to be sensuous and beautiful or handsome and capitalizes on those ideas in pushing the boundaries of style.

That was then and now is now. Tom Ford is still resting on his laurels of the success of his career change in moving form fashion to film direction. His first film was the unanimously acclaimed, Oscar winning A SINGLE MAN with Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Nicholas Hoult enacting Christopher Isherwood's brilliant book of the same name. Since this book TOM FORD is apparently the designer director's swan song to fashion it is destined to become a collector's item. Grady Harp, April 12
39 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars its ok Feb. 21 2005
By D. Ninh - Published on Amazon.com
overpriced and overrated.

too many candid celeb shots - wasted pages that couldve been filled by more fashion spreads or images.

and i got really annoyed by too many images of his stark, boring homes. can anybody honestly live in places like that? so devoid of any kind of color or creativity that he brings to his clothes.

i am in love with tom ford as the next fashionista, for he is a great talent, but for someone who is going to put out a book about himself and his work - where are the pics of the countless people behind the scenes who helped propel him to his superstar status. maybe pics of him hangin out with the seamstresses, i dont know -- something that would show that Tom is indeed human...instead i thought the book, although did present some fantastic images of campaigns and such, was lacking -- straight runway shots are so boring - papparazzi shots of celebs are boring also - im sure there were arty photographers out there at his shows taking pics all those seasons.. i am glad all the image campaign ads were included.
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