NEW YORK — Far from the European runways where he made his mark, Tom Ford will be honored in Georgia’s first city at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s annual fashion show.
Uncharacteristically following in the footsteps of Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld and Miuccia Prada, Ford will receive the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award. He is to pick up the prize on May 20 from its namesake Talley, Vogue’s editor at large and a member of the college’s board of trustees, and school president Paula Wallace.
Tucked away in historic Savannah, the college is building a following with some of the more established designers. Last year the school gave Diane von Furstenberg an honorary degree and presented Zac Posen with the André Leon Talley New Look Award.
Ford’s own college career started with art history classes at New York University. He shifted gears to focus on architecture at Parsons School of Design in New York, and while enrolled there studied in Paris.
Since his exit from the Gucci Group last year, Ford has kept a fairly low profile. The college plans to let his fans log on to a live Webcast of the annual fashion show.
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