Gary Robinson passed away on the morning of November 21st, 2009.
"He was a very good friend — and was becoming a better
Many people associate Gary with Tom of Finland through the Tom
of Finland Clothing line. After an exhaustive study of Tom's art,
designers Gary Robinson and David Johnson produced a collection
that brought the artist's vision to three-dimensional life. The
line was embraced by fashion editors, featured in music videos,
and covered prominently on both fashion television and the E-Channel.
In operation between 1995-2002 the creative team were the golden
boys of Bryant Park fashion week, being invited to return each consecutive
year. The Absolut Vodka runway show toured the major cities of America
showcasing in the top named nightclubs. The boys were ill prepared
for the high level of success the line produced, and being underfinanced
were forced to close in the end of 2002.
On May 17, 2006 ToFF held a cocktail reception in Manhattan to
celebrate Tom of Finland: Coming of Age, a 21-piece exhibition of
extraordinary drawings. This evening’s event was made possible
only through the focused efforts of three remarkable New York City
men: Gary Robinson, Mark Nelson, and Brian Crede who all cochaired
the gala exposition at the host venue, the Charles Cowles Gallery.
More recently, Gary visited the Foundation during the 2009 Los
Angeles LGBT Pride Celebration in West Hollywood. Tom of Finland
Foundation was named as an Official Honoree. Gary led a crew that
"styled" the TOM Camino for the parade.
Gary was also on hand as the Foundation accepted Christopher Street
West's Pat Parker Award. The Pat Parker Award recognizes
an individual or organization that supports the LGBT spirit through
the arts. This award is dedicated to the legacy of Pat Parker, a
ground breaking Africian American lesbian poet and activist.
Rodney Scott, President CSW,
Mike Goldie, Durk Dehner,
Sharp, & Gary Robinson.
The TOM Camino.
Durk, Etienne, Jean Claude
and Gary Robinson in Paris