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Tom Ford happy with film

Tom Ford was so delighted with a movie about him he gave no notes on changes which should be made.

The fashion designer has taken part in an extended interview called Tom Ford: Visionaries which will air on Oprah Winfrey's network OWN on October 23. It follows the star as he creates his Spring/Summer 11 catwalk runway and shows him as he goes about his day-to-day work.

Director Michael Bonfiglio admits feeling nervous about the project. Tom's director debut A Single Man was Oscar nominated and Michael feared the designer would be unhappy with his work.

"I think the most memorable thing, actually, was when I finally showed Tom a rough cut of the film. I flew to Los Angeles to show it to him, and I was very nervous. Given how particular he is about his work - and especially because he's a filmmaker - I was anticipating leaving the screening with ten pages of notes about things he wanted changed," he explained to marieclaire.com. "We screened it at a hotel, and he brought one of his colleagues to watch it with us. I sat a little bit behind him, so I could see his reactions as he watched - and about ten minutes in, I could tell he was pleased. When it was over, he had a big smile on his face, told me he loved it, and essentially had no notes - aesthetic or otherwise."

Tom's Spring/Summer 11 collection was the springboard for his relaunch into fashion. He famously only invited a few top editors to see the catwalk show, and didn't allow any photographers so he could control when the line was made public.

Michael was amazed by how calm and collected Tom was, given the stressful environment he was in.

"He seemed extremely cool and calm for someone who was about to make a massive comeback to women's fashion. I first met him the night before the reveal of his Spring 2011 collection. As I watched him making the final preparations for the event, I was struck by how precise he was in his directions to his crew - he knew exactly how he wanted everything to be, and how to execute it," Michael explained.

"But I was even more impressed by the politeness with which he treated everyone who was working the event, from top to bottom it was very civilized and controlled. And Tom really seemed to be setting that tone."

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