For some time to come it’s going to all be about Tom Ford. The industry, from the publishing houses to other fashion houses, are all going to be talking about what he’s doing next a large part of which is the debut of the forthcoming Tom Ford women’s line. But all the time his menswear offerings will still continue to dominate and influence. Ford, it seems, has built himself into something of the perfect media story. A media story that the February 2011 issue of Interview magazine partakes in.
Interviewed by John Currin, it’s Ford in his own words. Which can be a danger. There’s such a careful image that Ford portrays and has continued to evolve since his days at Gucci. But, even with myth often remaining more intoxicating then reality, this is an interview no less insightful. Take this snippet on Ford’s process on approaching both men’s and women’s wear design:
Q: But when you’re making a sculpture or image of a woman, is there a sexual aspect to it?
A: It is never even calculated. When I’m making an image of a woman, or dressing a woman – I have a reputation for sex and making a woman sexy, and men as well – but I don’t start out saying, “Oh, I’m gonna make this woman look sexy or sexual.” I simply stand there and put her in front of me and say, “What can I do to make her more beautiful in my eyes? Let’s pull in the dress here, let’s do this, let’s do that.”
An excerpt from the sit down with Tom Ford can be found on Interview’s website, while the full feature can be found in the February 2011 issue of their title. You’ll be able to purchase it at all well stocked magazine stores.
In the meantime, you can find a preview of the issue’s accompanying photo shoot, which also features model Jac Jagaciak, by clicking on the thumbnails below.