The death of the fashion journalist at home on Sunday was revealed by his 35-year-old companion Tom Ford.
« It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband Richard Buckley, who was 35 years old », it says in a statement by the designer. “Richard died peacefully last night in their Los Angeles home with Tom and their son Jack by his side. He died of natural causes after a long illness. ”
Buckley was born in Binghamton, N.Y. in 1948. Born and raised as part of a military family in New York, France and Germany. After graduating from the University of Maryland in Munich, he began a journalistic career with New York Magazine in 1979. In 1982 he moved to Paris as the European editor of Fairchild Publications ’Daily News Record, WWD’s menswear equivalent. In this role and in the following roles, he had the uncanny ability to identify “next” – the young designer who would become the next big thing; a club everyone would soon flock to, or a musician, actor, or actress who would explode on stage.
Buckley’s curiosity was a straight-forward man with piercing blue eyes. And he did all of this with a quiet, hard-working, quiet way that made him popular with almost everyone he met – and that hid a sense of humor that enjoyed discovering the absurd, or even the most cutting edge In 1986 Buckley was appointed editor-in-chief, John B. Fairchild, to New York as editor-in-chief of the company’s newest publication, Scene, aimed at the reader’s twenty-year-old daughter of Fairchild’s W magazine . He also held the title of fashion editor at WWD. While Scene – which was supposed to convey that gritty feel of the downtown world it was supposed to cover – was never as successful as Fairchild had hoped, Buckley nonetheless managed to find a niche as an inside-must-read to more Learn about the latest trends in fashion, music, art, culture and more.
After Scene closed, Buckley left Fairchild in 1988 to join Tina Brown at Vanity Fair, where he became a social editor and that beat again quickly turned into more than just a party site. In 1990 he and Ford moved to Milan, where Buckley became European editor for Mirabella magazine and contributing editor for Italian Vogue, while Ford joined Gucci’s design team. After the couple moved to Paris, Buckley became editor-in-chief of Vogue Hommes International. He would continue to occasionally contribute fashion items even after the couple moved to London. Buckley last lived in Los Angeles, New York and Santa Fe.
He leaves behind his husband Tom Ford and his son Alexander John Buckley Ford.
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