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Tom Ford on shocking letters from Saint Laurent and the one woman he'd love to dress

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Rarely will you see a red carpet without one of Tom Ford's exquisite gowns draped over an A-lister or two, but he's recently admitted there's one woman he still hasn't had the chance to dress: the Duchess of Cambridge. 

In an interview with CNBC's Tania Bryer, before his show at New York Fashion Week, he said: “She’s a beautiful woman, she’s smart, I think she’s doing an incredible job, uh, and so of course I’d like to dress her.”

“She has great style," he added, "she knows who she is, she’s quite consistent. Uh, I know her a little bit. I knew her before she was, err, just barely, but we know each other to say ‘hello’, before she married William and she’s the same. The same consistent style that one saw then.”

He also admitted he would love to dress Prince William:  “I don’t dress Prince William or the Duke of Cambridge, as I believe he’s called, and he should be wearing British so I understand that. Those are two people I would actually like to dress.”

On the matter of dressing many Hollywood stars, he revealed that he's never paid a celebrity to wear his garments: “I'm happy about that because it means they're responding, they're wanting to wear the clothes.”

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In the chat, he credits Julianne Moore, who regularly appears at events wearing his creations, as one his favourite people to dress and says he would love her to win the Oscar for best actress. 

Gwyneth Paltrow is also another firm favourite and Tom explains: “we’ve known each other for 20 years. I dressed her back in the mid-Nineties.”

He also discusses fellow designer John Galliano's recent return to the industry after being dropped from Dior following his anti-Semitic rant in a bar in Paris: “I’m happy he’s been given a second chance; he’s a terrific designer, and I think you know, he’s a real true designer. This is his life, so I’m happy about that.”

Tom has had a lucrative career designing for many fashion houses such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before establishing his own brand in 2005. However, the road to success hasn't always been a smooth one, and the designer divulged that he and predecessor Saint Laurent did not get on while he was designer for the iconic fashion house..

Despite the fact that Tom was creative director for five years from 1999, Saint Laurent was often open about how unhappy he was with Tom's work:

“At the very beginning we were quite friendly and then I believe when I started to deviate from what he felt was appropriate for the house, and we started to become successful and I started to get quite alot of press for it, he didn't really like it very much.”

He continued: “I do have some letters in his hand. I remember one line was 'in thirteen minutes you've destroyed 40 years of my work' or 'my life's work' or something like that. But they're quite incredible and I'm very happy to have them.”

But Tom isn't just known for his designing skills, he's also a very talented director. Following the success of A Single Man, which starred Colin Firth, Tom is set to direct a second film.

While little is known about the project, he revealed in an interview with Women's Wear Daily that he's in the early stages of casting the as-yet-untitled thriller, which he has personally adapted from a novel. 

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