Tom Ford swaps fashion for films
The former Gucci designer has received rave reviews for the film, which tells the story of a grieving English college professor in 1960s California.
Speaking to news-provider Associated Press about the move from fashion to movies, Ford said everyone was initially supportive.
He added: "And now that I've made the film, quite a few people have said to me, 'Isn't it nice you did that when everyone was laughing at you?'"
Ford, who directed, co-wrote and co-produced the film, has been praised for his subtle adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel.
Last week, the film received Golden Globe nomination for its score and the performances from Julianne Moore and Colin Firth.
The film recounts a day in the life of George (Firth) who, unable to see a future without his deceased partner Jim (Matthew Goode), decides to kill himself.
It is due for release in the UK next February.