Tom Ford is more than the man who saved Italian brand Gucci from the verge of bankruptcy; he is the one who set the commercial prototype of the fashion brand’s global appeal.

Taking the helm of Gucci from 1990 to 2004, Ford transformed the brand from a dull label to a commercial powerhouse that was valued at US$10 billion upon his departure. Other names that have become the most sought-after brands under his rein are Saint Laurent and his eponymous label.

Stars take front row as Tom Ford starts off New York Fashion Week

His designs are sexy, as in the velvet body-hugging dresses he designed for Gucci.

His clients include Hollywood stars as well as the world’s first ladies. In 2011, Michelle Obama wore a Tom Ford ivory floor-length evening gown to Buckingham Palace. His first directorial work, A Single Man , secured him an Oscar nomination.

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Ford is the finest ambassador for the sex appeal his designs channel. Now 57, Ford stays perpetually chic in his favourite outfit: crisp white open-collar shirts and sharp dark suits.

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