Tom Ford Talks the Rick Owen Penis Controversy: It’s “Equal Opportunity Objectification”

Joanna Elizabeth

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Published February 18, 2015

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Updated October 6, 2018

Photo: Tom Ford
Photo: Tom Ford

In a recent interview with WWD, American designer Tom Ford talked moving his fall 2015 show to Los Angeles, the Rick Owens penis controversy and more. According to the article, Ford is working on a second film after his directorial debut with “A Single Man”.

On moving his show from London to Los Angeles this year for the Oscars:
“My show was going to be the morning after the Oscars and how much global press am I going to get?” he posed. “Because for two or three days in every newspaper all over the world, there are [Oscar] pictures.”

On Rick Owens showing penis on the runway at his fall 2015 menswear show:
“OK, I’m not going to wear it, but I think [Owens] is an artist in the way that McQueen was an artist,” he says. “As an artistic statement—equal opportunity objectification.”

On being furious over GQ censoring a naked male spread he did several years ago:
“We use women’s bodies to sell everything, but we have a weird hang-up about naked men,” he offers. Which brings him full circle back to the merch. “Why not put a TF right here? If people are going to stare at my crotch, they might as well see the logo.”


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