Tom Ford: Star Sign Helps With Design

Tom Ford has joked it helps to be a Virgo if you want to be an “obsessive” fashion designer.

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In a sell-out public conversation with interviewer Fern Mallis on Tuesday night, the Gucci designer mused about his personality traits.

When asked about his star sign, Tom was quick to point out the less attractive qualities.

“You know, the world might be a very scary place if it were only run by Virgos. Perfectionists — I don’t know if there are any psychologists in the room — are more prone to depression because perfection is not achievable,” he explained.

“Imperfection is perfection but that goes so against the grain. Fashion has a lot of Virgos — Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld — there are a lot of us.

“To really obsess about a millimeter on a shoe, it helps to be a Virgo.”

Tom also discussed some other pivotal moments in his life – including being bullied for carrying a briefcase as a child.

The fashion star has since vowed to tackle bullying head on.

“The big thing was to put rocks in a sock and swing it around — ‘Whack!’ And of course they slit my bike tires. I didn’t want to carry a book bag. I thought it looked messy. And it was a real man’s briefcase,” he said.

“When you’re seven years old, a real briefcase is like luggage… I am working with Brett Ratner, judging some anti-bullying films. Individuality is key. We should all be able to be who we are.”

Tom also discussed what he’d like to be doing if he wasn’t creating clothes.

“In another life I would love to be a cosmetic surgeon because it’s architectural. You know, you are trying to figure out where the seams go. Can I do it in one piece like Halston? Can you formaldehyde DNA?” he smiled.