Tom Ford attended the Parsons School of Design in New Yorik and Paris.
In 1990, he moved to Milan to join Gucci as the company's Womenswear Designer. In 1992, he became Design Director and in 1994 he was appointed Creative Director. In 2000, following the acquisition of Yves Saint Laurent and YSL Beaute by the Gucci Group, Tom Ford assumed the position of Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and YSL Beaute in addition to his duties at Gucci.
In April 2005, Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses.
In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York. Presently there are 21 freestanding stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as Milan, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Dubai, Zurich and Russia.
Tom Ford's success has been recognized by a number of awards.