Happy Birthday, Tom Ford: A Look Through The Decades

Film, fashion and so much more.

Tom Ford turns 54 today, and has led by all counts a fascinating life. He’s been a fashion icon for decades, been with (his now husband) Richard Buckley for almost 30 years (their son was born three years ago), and directed Colin Firth to his first Oscar nomination in the critically-acclaimed A Single Man.

For his birthday, let’s take a chronological look back at Tom over the last twenty years.

He really hated collars.

1995 – 1st Annual VH1 Fashion and Music Awards

Tom Ford during 1st Annual VH1 Fashion and Music Awards at New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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1996 – VH1 Fashion and Music Awards

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1997 – Fashion Benefit for APLA

Tom Ford during Tom Ford of Gucci Hosts Fashion Benefit for APLA - June 5, 1997 at Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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1998 – With Bianca Jagger

American fashion designer and film director, Tom Ford, and Nicaraguan-born human rights advocate, Bianca Jagger, attending the CFDA Awards, New York City, circa 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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1999 – With Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon and Tom Ford during 7th Annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals at Morton's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Sam Levi/WireImage)
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2000 – At the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards with Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lenny Kravitz

Renee Zellweger, Tom Ford, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lenny Kravitz (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
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2001 – At the Gucci Launch Party in Paris

Tom Ford during 2002 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter - Arrivals at Morton’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by D. Kambouris/WireImage)
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2002 – At the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards with Cate Blanchett

Tom Ford and Cate Blanchett during 2002 VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards - Arrivals at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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2003 – At the Costume Institute Gala with Anna Wintour and Nicole Kidman

Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Nicole Kidman during The Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
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2004 – With Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

Ashton Kutcher, Tom Ford and Demi Moore during Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Event Honoring Tom Ford - Inside at Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
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2005 – In Beverly Hills

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 20:  Designer Tom Ford arrives at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award Show on Rodeo Drive, March 20, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

2006 – At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 05:  Designer Tom Ford arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on March 5, 2006 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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2007 – Ace Awards Gala

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08:  Fashion designer Tom Ford arrives at the 9th Annual Ace Awards Gala at Cipriani's November 8, 2005 in New York City.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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2008 – CFDA Fashion Awards

Tom Ford attends at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. Pictured: Tom Ford Ref: SPL774111  311208   Picture by: Brock Miller/Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles:	310-821-2666 New York:	212-619-2666 London:	870-934-2666 photodesk@splashnews.com
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2009 – At the premiere of “A Single Man” at the Venice Film Festival

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2010 – amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Tom Ford arrives at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala at the Hotel du Cap on May 20, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
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2011 – At the BAFTA’s with Julianne Moore

BAFTA British Academy Film awards at The Royal Opera House in London, UK. Pictured: Tom Ford and Julianne Moore Ref: SPL248459  130211   Picture by: Reimschuessel / Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles:	310-821-2666 New York:	212-619-2666 London:	870-934-2666 photodesk@splashnews.com
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2012 – Leaving David Furnish birthday bash

Tom Ford Leaves David Furnish's 50th Birthday Bash at Belasco Theatre. Pictured: Tom Ford Ref: SPL451921  261012   Picture by: Brian Lindensmith / Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles:	310-821-2666 New York:	212-619-2666 London:	870-934-2666 photodesk@splashnews.com
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2013 – Vanity Fair Oscar party

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Fashion Designer Tom Ford arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
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2014 – Costume Institute Gala with Benedict Cumberbatch

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2014 – amFAR Institur Gala with Miley Cyrus and Rihanna

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29:  Miley Cyrus (L), Rihanna and designer Tom Ford attend amfAR LA Inspiration Gala honoring Tom Ford at Milk Studios on October 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)
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2015 – With Rita Ora and Madonna

NO JUST JARED USAGE MET Gala - Celebrating China: Through the Looking Glass**NO DAILY MAIL SALES*** Pictured: Madonna, Rita Ora and Tom Ford Ref: SPL1018416  040515   Picture by: Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles:	310-821-2666 New York:	212-619-2666 London:	870-934-2666 photodesk@splashnews.com
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