60-year-old designer Tom Ford, who recently unveiled his new autobiographical book Tom Ford 002, was interviewed by the Evening Standard. In it, he also touched upon such a topical topic as “new ethics”, or rather the so-called “culture of abolition”.
Ford said that, in general, such a policy is “good in many ways,” but it has significant drawbacks that become fatal for creative people – it becomes very difficult to create freely in such conditions.
You really have to think about what you are doing over and over again. “My God, will this offend anyone? Will it be misinterpreted?” Designers have, of course, always borrowed things from many different cultures, but this was seen as a form of honoring that particular culture, and now you have to think twice because it might be called appropriation. Today it has become very difficult to be spontaneous, because you need to check yourself all the time,
– shared Ford.
The designer also noted that many iconic collections of the past would never have appeared if these rules had already been in place. He cited Yves Saint Laurent's “Chinese Collection” as an example.
Models from the Yves Saint Lauren Les Chinoises collection
Ford also mentioned in an interview the crisis he faced when he turned 40.
Fortieth birthday was the most traumatic change for me, and it plunged me into a depression that lasted eight or nine years. I achieved everything that I thought I always wanted, and then you think: “Okay, but this is exactly it?” All of this brought me drug and alcohol problems. With all this I could only cope with my 50th birthday,
– shared the designer.