Gucci has gone through many iterations of change while at the core keeping iconic pieces of its heritage visible throughout its collections. While Alessandro Michele will sure be remembered for his work at the House of Gucci, it can be argued that the Tom Ford era was just as magical and transformative in its own right. Ford, who was Creative Director at Gucci from 1994 to 2004, was responsible for creating some of the House’s most iconic pieces, ones that reign supreme on the resale market, raking in thousands of dollars in profits for re-sellers. There is even an entire Instagram account dedicated to Tom Ford’s slinky designs, logo-laden lingerie and iconic handbags.

Fun and Flashy

Tom Ford’s Gucci was a major moment in fashion history, and it’s an era that has long been discussed and studied by fashion editors, designers, celebrities, and fashion lovers alike. Ford took the fashion world by storm with his flashy, fun designs, which oozed youth and sex appeal. He was responsible for major change not just within Gucci but within the fashion world as a whole. Ford’s idea of luxury differed from anything that had come before, and his designs paved the way for the luxury world as we know it today—more risky than stuffy and more shocking than predictable.

Tom Ford Gucci Horsebit Bag

While Ford’s influence has been a topic of conversation for many years now, the designer’s reign also happened to be a big part of the film House of Gucci, and it was this worldwide exposure that helped catapult an already soaring resale market to new heights. Ford revolutionized 90s fashion—and beyond, and it’s no surprise that his work is having a renaissance now, in the 2020s.

Quintessentially Tom Ford for Gucci

Ford’s tenure at Gucci became renowned for how it embodied ’90s fashion. His designs were unapologetically subversive, and his collections were some of the most conversational in modern fashion. Those who have loved or studied fashion have likely lamented his work for the House, and while at the time, it was Ford’s RTW that seemed to be the talk of the town, he was responsible for many handbag hits during his reign at Gucci. These days his bags have become some of the most coveted pieces on the resale market, and rightfully so. So today, we hail the Tom Ford Gucci era with a look back at some of our favorite bags from his time at the House of Gucci.

Gucci Diana Bamboo Bag Tom Ford Gucci Horsebit Croc Bag Tom Ford Gucci Jackie O Hobo Tom Ford Gucci Backpack Bamboo Handle Gucci Tom Ford Beaded Bag
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psny15
psny15
3 months ago

TF made Gucci sexy
AM made Gucci grandma

Love Grandma vibes
Love Grandma vibes
3 months ago
Reply to  psny15

Grandma is not a bad thing no matter how many times you say it. 😂

Laura
Laura
3 months ago
Reply to  psny15

Love the grandma vibe though

Sandy
Sandy
3 months ago
Reply to  psny15

Agree to disagree. If you look at the success that AM has had, not discounting TF, I guess we all like grandma ha!

Sanstock
Sanstock
3 months ago
Reply to  psny15

agree – but where is the Jessica Simpson bag by TF – one of my favs

Hervé
Hervé
3 months ago

Tom Ford (via PPR money) is the reason Gucci was resurrected as a luxury brand.

Sandy
Sandy
3 months ago

I know many would disagree but I really like what AM has done more than TF. There is always something at Gucci that I want, bags/shoes/clothes/jewelry. I do not love all that AM has done, some is way OTT, but there is always something that I love and have to have 😊.

bir
bir
3 months ago

TOM was brilliant, for me T.F at Gucci and Marc Jacobs at Vuitton., is that era of fashion and the it bag period, that i can say I’m so happy to have lived through.
Because i always wished that i had lived in the couture years after the WWII, YSL at Dior, Chanel, and Valentino in the 60s. So to me the Ford era at Gucci Jacobs at Vuitton is as close, i think….as i will come, in my life span at least. to live through a seismic moment in fashion, back then not everyone responded to designers every move. and the internet still in its teen years, made T.F Gucci something to dream of in the pages of magazines.

(just as a side note, wonderful as this era was, quality was an issue, bags from vuitton gucci and balenciaga, were not always as refined. still a magical moment in time.)

Rebecca
Rebecca
3 months ago

He is a legend and put Gucci on the map! There will never be anyone before or after him as great as he

Samantha V
Samantha V
3 months ago

I went to school for fashion and what made me want to pursue that was being a teenager during that time period of fashion. I used to sit at my computer after school and spend hours looking at the collections on style.com. Tom Ford at Gucci and YSL, Alexander McQueen, Nicholas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga and John Galliano at Dior. Not to mention some of the most iconic avant grade pieces created by JPG, Junya Watanabe and Margiela during this time. It’s a certain nostalgia that exuded sexuality, but also had the designs to back it up. Most of the houses now are just hype driven. They put out bag after bag and collection after collection without much creativity and thought behind it, just to make more money. I have liked very little from Alessandro Michele even though I know he worked under Tom Ford. Most of the Gucci clothing looks like it could be bought at a vintage store and comes from the 1960s, which is all fine, but not for that price tag. I do like the Blondie bag and Jackie 1961 though. And he has definitely made way greater of an impact than the designer they had right after Tom Ford.

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