As the fans of the Tom Ford brand well know, that he got his start as a graduate of Parsons University School of Design…in the field of architecture. Even though this isn’t new information, it is still incredibly relevant to the famed designer’s style. As a mater of fact, it was his understanding of the similarities of both architecture and fashion that helped him grow into the famed designer as we know him today.
While still a student at Parsons School of design, Ford spent a fair amount of time studying abroad in Paris studying both Parisian architecture as well as taking elective classes in fashion. I’m sure that Ford, like most people who have ever gone to Paris, was captured by the beauty of the city of lights. All things considered, the most defining characteristic of Tom Ford’s design style is attention to detail, looking at the smaller pieces of the puzzle and seeing how they fit together; as opposed to just looking at the complete picture on the box it came in.
One can say that even the basis of luxury fashion (which Mr. Ford has played a pivotal role in growing) is in essence beauty over functionality, that is to say the aesthetic is just as important, if not more important than the functionality. Given that that is the foundational principle that gave rise to the many buildings in Paris, as well as in Milan, (where he was creative director of Gucci) one would find it difficult to separate fashion from architecture. I’m sure Tom Ford would agree that his design philosophy and style were also the result of those foundational principles.
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