Minimalist Fall 2000 Gucci by Tom Ford Runway Look 3 Black Pant Suit w Leather Collar Detailing

The twin of this suit was shown on the runway as Look 3 for the Fall 2000 Tom Ford for Gucci runway. Ford had just been nominated for the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Designer of the Year when the show took place and was at the top of his game. The collection he showed was sleek, sexy, and many of the pieces had an edgy, minimalist feel. This suit is a wonderful example of how he could take something and pare it down to absolute minimal lines and cut, and yet still create something that felt special and had a ton of visual impact. Considering that there are only two elements of the suit and that all the closures are hidden it really is a feat.  Ford's work for the Gucci and YSL label during this period has now reached cult-like status and this pant suit is an incredible example of what he was doing to make it that way. 

This is a stunning suit. It is a classic piece that defines Tom Fords time at the label. Both pieces are made from a light wool that has an almost slight neoprene feel to how it is finished. If you collect or know of his pieces for Gucci from this era you know that this was one of his favourite fabrics for suiting. The construction is immaculate. The shoulders of the jacket are slightly sloped but still shaped with light padding. The sleeves are cut on a slight curve to follow the natural curve of the arm in the proper and traditional tailoring method. The body of the jacket is cut as precisely. It skims over the bust and nips in just slightly at the waist and then flares back out over the top of the hips. That little bit of intake through the waist keeps it from being a true box shaped jacket but it is close to that in shape. There are no pockets to break the eye and the gold snaps that close the jacket down the front are all hidden behind a panel of fabric. The collar serves as the only break to the black wool of the entire suit. It is finished with a black leather that has a bit of a graphite to its colour. Only the top part of the collar is finished with the leather. If you choose to wear it flipped up like you see in the runway photos, the underside of the collar is the same black fabric as the rest of the suit. I love his attention to this small detail. The pants are equally as fabulous. They are banded around the waist and have a sleek flat front. There is a sharp fold running down the front and back of the pants. The lower half of the pant leg narrows in a touch and this gives them a long and beautiful line on the body. Hidden pockets on each hip. This is a remarkable example of his skills as a tailor and his time at Gucci. Excellent condition with a small note below 

Fully lined in the slightly textured black fabric that was his signature during this time period at Gucci. Ribbon edge finishes in the pant. The jacket snaps to close at the front with hidden set snaps. Lightly padded shoulders. The pants zip to close at the front with flat hook and eye and a button inside the waist. I see a small hole in the top layer by the end of the sleeve. Please see the photo after the label shot. The jacket is tagged a 40 and the pants a 42. Both pieces otherwise appear to have been worn very little if at all

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bottom seams: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 21" from neck to head 

Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" waist to hem with 2" turned under
Inseam: 32" from inner seam to hem
Rise: 15" from the top of the back waist to inner seam

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4724

Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2000 Gucci, Look 3. Model Caroline Ribeiro. 

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