Tom Ford was born in Austin, Texas, but spent most of his childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During his teens, Ford moved to New York initially attending courses in art history at New York University and then concentrating his studies on architecture at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris. In 1990, Tom Ford moved to Milan to join Gucci as the company’s womenswear designer. Then he became design director and finally he was appointed creative director of Gucci. In 2000 Tom Ford assumed the position of creative director of Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and YSL Beauté. In 2002 he was made vice chairman of the management board of Gucci Group. In 2005 Ford announced the creation of the Tom Ford brand. He made a partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Esteé Lauder to create the Tom Ford Beauty brand. Later he presented a menswear and an accessory collection and finally a womenswear collection. He also opened his film production company. Tom Ford success has been recognized by a number of awards including: awards from the Council of fashion Designers of America and Vogue fashion Awards.