Fashion Designer Tom Ford’s Husband Richard Buckley Dead At 72
Tom Ford’s beloved husband, fashion journalist Richard Buckley, passed away peacefully from natural causes at their Los Angeles home on Sunday night.
A statement from the family announced the death reads:
It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley. Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles last night with Tom and their son Jack by his side. He died of natural causes after a long illness.
Specific details surrounding Buckley’s death have not yet been released.
Ford, 60, originally met Buckley, 72, at a New York fashion show in 1986. They wed in 2014 shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in the U.S. and share a son, Alexander John ‘Jack’ Buckley Ford, 8.
The couple met when Ford, who took over the reigns at Gucci before launching his own successful company, was just 25 and Buckley was 38.
Ford previously described the encounter as ‘love at first sight’.
According to Ford, he and Buckley were riding in a New York elevator together and had an instant connection. Speaking about their relationship, Ford said during a 2016 television interview reported on by People Magazine:
I am an intuitive person, but also a rational person, and we were in an elevator and we went down about 10 floors and Richard was patting his eyes and talking a lot. And I remember just sort of standing back and looking him up and down – taking him in – and by the time that elevator landed on the ground floor I was like. You’re the one; that’s it; Click! Sold. Our eyes locked and within a month we were living together. We have been together ever since.
He claims by the end of the ride, he knew he had found the man he would spend the rest of his life with.
Three years later, in 1989, Buckley was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent surgery. Despite being told it could be fatal, he pulled through and the couple’s luck changed for the better.
They welcomed their son, Jack, who is turning 9 on Thursday, into their lives in 2012. He was born via a surrogate.
Buckley was recognized in the professional community for his ‘uncanny ability’ to spot the ‘next big thing’ and had spotted talented several designers, musicians, actors, and actresses right before they began stars.
He spent also worked with several other world-renown publications including Women’s Wear Daily, Vanity Fair, Mirabella, Italian Vogue, and Vogue Hommes International where he served as editor in chief.