This week in 2004 saw Tom Ford take his last bow as creative director of Gucci during Milan Fashion Week.
Ford was widely credited with turning around the Gucci fashion house, which was virtually bankrupt when he joined as chief womenswear designer in 1990. Within six months of him joining, he was also designing menswear and footwear and he was made design director of the brand in 1992, and then creative director in 1994.
His first Gucci collection as creative director received critical acclaim for putting the glamour back into fashion. Sales rocketed by 90% between 1995 and 1996.
In his final collection for Gucci, Ford revisited his 10 year archive at the label, and drew on his biggest sexiest hits to go out with a bang.
Hourglass silhouettes, sexy pencil skirts, slim fit velvet trousers and slinky floor-sweeping evening gowns all featured in what was a homage to all of Ford’s key looks including his gothic trend in 2002 and his bondage theme in 2003.
Since his departure from the fashion house five years ago Ford has set up his own fashion house Tom Ford. He now produces a range of menswear as well as perfume and beauty products. He has also directed a film called Single Man, which went into production in December.