Tom Ford Says The Oscars Red Carpet Is A 'Bubble For 1950s Barbies' On Jimmy Kimmel

28 February 2014 by

Tom Ford at the Oscars [Getty]

The Oscars can be a defining moment in a designer's career - remember Valentino counts Julia Roberts wearing one of his gowns to pick up her Academy Award as a career highlight. But Tom Ford is less enamoured with the Oscars circus as he said on Jimmy Kimmel: 'What's worn on the red carpet has nothing to do with what's going on in contemporary fashion. It's a bubble of 1950s Barbie clothes. It's quite different to what real people are really wearing.'

Tom Ford explains that dressing an actress for the red carpet isn't creative, as a designer has little freedom. He explains:

'I usually only dress one woman. What I have been known to say is I don't necessarily love the process. It's not a creative process usually dressing actors for the Oscars. Because when you are designing you are able to figure out what you believe in and think the world needs right now... you are a voice in contemporary culture with design. But when you are dressing an actress or even sometimes someone when they are getting married, you are working with someone fulfilling their dream, their agent's dream, their husband's dream. They have a pre-conceived notion of what they want to wear, what they want to look like, how they are marketing this film.'

While on the Kimmel's sofa, Tom Ford also spoke about Jay Z's song Tom Ford and he said that Jay sent him an email before the song was released. Tom joked: 'I didn't know what to expect but I trust him, he's a great guy. I had to go on rap translator and translate it to understand what it meant.' Mr Ford was a fan of the song when he worked out what he meant as he said: 'But the message is quite positive, he doesn't do drugs he wears Tom Ford. That's how he gets his high. Who doesn't like that?' Hear more from Tom Ford by watching him on Jimmy Kimmel below...

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior - 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein - 2011

Beyonce in Atelier Versace - 2005

Grace Kelly - 1956

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab - 2011

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta - 2013

Halle Berry in Elie Saab - 2002

Charlize Theron in Dior

Julia Roberts in Vintage Valentino - 2001

Natalie Portman in Rodarte - 2011

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

Cate Blanchett in Valentino Couture - 2005

Jessica Alba in Versace - 2006

Reese Witherspoon in Christian Dior - 2006

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab - 2009

Grace Kelly by Edith Head- 1954

Anne Hathaway in Valentino - 2011

Chloe Sevigny in Yves Saint Laurent - 2000

Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive - 2009

Diane Kruger in Elie Saab - 2006

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace - 2012

Kristen Stewart in Monique Lhuillier - 2010

Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier - 2008

Michelle Williams in Chanel Couture - 2011

Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga - 2007

Penelope Cruz in Gianni Versace - 2007

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy - 2011

Scarlett Johansson in Roland Mouret - 2005

Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta - 2010

Charlize Theron in Tom Ford for Gucci - 2004

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani - 2007

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli - 2012

Angelina Jolie in Marc Bouwer - February 2004

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy - 1954

Kate Winslett in Valentino - 2007

Charlize Theron in Dior - 2006

Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa - 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford - 2012

Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche - 2005

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior - 2005

Jennifer Lopez in vintage by Rita Watnick at Lilly Et Cie Material - 2006

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace - 2003

Renee Zellweger in vintage Lily Et Cie- 2001

Katherine Heigl in Escada - 2008

Keira Knightley in Vera Wang - 2006

Michelle Williams in Vera Wang - 2005

Jennifer Lopez in Valentino - 2003

Natalie Portman in Lanvin - 2005

Penelope Cruz in Giorgio Armani - 2012

Renee Zellweger in Caroline Herrera - 2003

Sharon Stone in Gap and Vera Wang - 1998

Rooney Mara in Givenchy - 2012

Kate Winslett in Ben de Lisi - 2002

Sienna Miller in Matthew Williamson - 2004


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