It has been announced that Tom Ford’s husband, Richard Buckley, 72, has passed away on Sunday night at home in Los Angeles. Reportedly, his husband Ford was by his side with their son Jack. The married couple were together for thirty-five years.
The high-profile couple wed in 2014—twenty-eight years after meeting in 1986 at a fashion on an elevator ride. Ford says it was “love at first sight”. According to an early report by TMZ,
Richard was a giant in the fashion world. He started his career in fashion journalism at New York Magazine in 1979 and later would go on to work at Women’s Wear Daily and Vanity Fair.
Richard — born in Binghamton, NY and raised by a military family that traveled the world — would later move to Milan and ultimately find himself at the top of his journalistic career when he became the European editor of Mirabella magazine in 1990. At the same time … he was also a contributing editor at Italian Vogue while Tom was on the design staff at Gucci.
Richard and Tom later relocated to Paris so Richard could take on the role of editor-in-chief at Vogue Hommes International. He held on to the top editor position from 1999 to 2005.
Our sympathy is with Tom Ford and his family and close friends.