A Minute With: Tom Ford on dressing his "Single Man"

Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:25pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fashion designer Tom Ford is best known for reinventing the house of Gucci in the 1990s and more recently, launching his own Tom Ford label.

But Ford has shifted gears in recent months to movie directing and his debut "A Single Man" begins playing in U.S. theaters on Friday after a run in festivals earlier this year.

Based on Christopher Isherwood's novel, the film stars Colin Firth as a man who can't bear to continue living after suffering the tragic loss of his lover.

Ford spoke to Reuters about the movie, his switch from fashion to film, and his idea of "enhanced reality."

Q: How does filmmaking compare to fashion design?

A: "Filmmaking is a totally different expression. Fashion for me is a commercial endeavor. Filmmaking is an artistic endeavor and a commercial endeavor. Working on 'Single Man' was the truest expression of anything I've ever created. It had nothing to do with fashion."

Q: Still, you had to get someone to give a fashion designer money to make a movie. How did you do that?

A: "You don't. You pay for it yourself, which is what I did. We had financing set up, but then the Lehman Bros. crash happened. The people who were investing money pulled out in early September when we were already in pre-production."   Continued...

<p>Director Tom Ford gestures during a news conference for the film "A Single Man" at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Cassese</p>