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The Gucci Museum Dedicates Two Rooms in honor of Tom Ford

There is that lingering scent of sex, languid poses and flesh revealed through windows on the body – not least right down there, where a G for Gucci was once artistically shaved or leather G-strings were worn by both sexes. Tom Ford is back at the brand he re-invented in the 1990s and walked out of 12 years ago. After leaving a gaping hole in its history, the Gucci Museum in Florence unveiled two new rooms today: one with sensual, wine-red velvet walls; the other with a background of padded, pink boudoir satin. The 54 outfits, from slithery white silk jersey to chubby furs in rainbow colours, have been personally chosen by current Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, who was chosen for the Gucci creative team by Ford himself. 

The designer is now 54 and has not only set up his own line but has also become a Hollywood director. Michele, who led the return of the Ford name to Gucci, has also chosen a display of accessories from the Tom Ford era, including a series of “Jackie O” bags (because Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wore the original 1960s and 70s versions) and a peacock feather bag from 1996. Such was the rancour between Ford and owners PPR (now Kering), along with new Creative Director Frida Giannini, that previous visitors to the Florentine museum, opened in 2011, saw only Gucci florals, for scarves and dresses; the vast range of hand and travel bags; Frida’s celebrity gowns – and a 1979 Gucci Cadillac Seville, with the double “G” of the Gucci logo monogrammed on the hood, the vinyl roof, and headrests. In the long history of Gucci, founded in 1921, Tom Ford was not once mentioned. But now those glory years are back and central.