Before establishing his own eponymous empire, Tom Ford spent a decade breathing new life in to two fashion house giants as creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Upon departing from his post in 2004, he published the self titled Tom Ford through Thames & Hudson. The slipcased catalogue documents his ten years at the helm in all its lavish glory, over 200 images show his vision for both brands in terms of not only the fashion but also the advertising and architecture of the stores. The images inside are taken by some of the worlds top fashion photographers such as Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, and numerous other photographers including many previously unpublished images. The book also charts what perhaps can be considered the birth of Ford’s reputation for provocative advertising, and includes the infamous Sophie Dahl image for YSL’s Opium perfume and the Samuel De Cubber image for YSL’s M7 men’s fragrance. Prefacing the images is an enlightening interview with Ford which gives a very personal insight in to his life and career. I was lucky enough to meet Ford around the time the book came out and he signed my copy for me.