Richard Buckley, a fashion journalist and the husband of Tom Ford, died at the age of 72. After a long illness, he died of natural causes. Richard was married to fashion designer Tom Ford for 35 years. “It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley,” the designer’s representative said in a statement. Richard died peacefully last night at their Los Angeles home, surrounded by Tom and their son Jack.”In 1986, Tom met Richard at a fashion show. Richard was the WWD editor at the time. In 2014, the couple married. Richard’s son, Alexander John Buckley Ford, and his husband, Tom Ford, survive him.
Buckley began his career with New York Magazine and later moved to Paris to work for Fairchild Publications. In 1999, he was named editor-in-chief of Vogue Hommes. People in the fashion industry were shocked to learn of Richard’s death. Some of them took to social media to express their sorrow and offer condolences.
“What incredibly sad news,” wrote Trey Laird, chief executive and chief creative officer of Laird+Partners. My heart goes out to Tom Ford and young Jack as their rock, Richard Buckley, has passed away. I first met Richard and Tom in Italy in the early 1990s, when I was a very young and incredibly naive Texas kid who found himself stuck at a glamorous impromptu Thanksgiving dinner at the home of Byblos designers Keith Varty and Alan Cleaver.
Tom was still a few years away from his game-changing Gucci comeback. Richard was extremely welcoming, kind, and warm to this young Texan, and he remained that way to me for decades after that every time I saw him. I was always moved and inspired by Richard and Tom’s incredible life-long love. Sending my heartfelt condolences to Tom, Jack, and all of Richard’s family and friends.
We’ve lost a true legend and gentleman. Avo Yermagyan, Nick Jonas’ stylist, also shared Richard’s photo with Tom, writing, “Rest In Peace dearest Richard…”I feel so fortunate to have known you…you beautiful man.”The thumbnail image appeared in the February 2011 issue of Out magazine.
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