One of the Antwerp’s brightest young stars, Haider Ackermann has seen many more ports than the fronting the town in which he now lives and work. Born in Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia in 1971, he was adopted by a French family. Due to his father’s business obligations, he spend his childhood moving around the globe. After living in Ethiopia, Chad, France, Algeria and the Netherlands, he decided fashion was his vocation.
High school finished, he left home in 1994, and headed for Belgium to study at the fashion department of Antwerp’s Royal Academy. During his three years stay (he left the four-year course prematurely because of financial difficulties) , he also worked as an intern at John Galiano’s Paris office. Taking a job as an assistant to his former academy teacher Wim Neels in 1998, he worked on both men’s and womenwear collection of the Belgian designer. After saving money and taking encouragement from his friends and acquaintances -among them Raf Simons – Ackermann finally took the plunge and presented his first, self-financed women’s collection in Paris for Autumn/Winter 2002. His subtle, dignified and sensuous clothes immediately struck a chord with buyers and editors, as they did with Italian leather manufacturer Ruffo.
Just two weeks after his debut show, Ackermann was hired as the head designer for Ruffo Research and commissioned to create two collections Spring/Summer 2003 and Autumn/Winter 2003. while continuing to produce his own line. Ackermann in now receiving even wider acclaim, not least in the form of the prestigious Swiss textiles awards at he 2004 grand fashion festival. These are modern clothes for strong women who love the subtle color palette that adds to Ackermann’s seasonal collection.
I really admire his style , his layering, his tailoring. has unique vision about clothes, fluid style, but sometimes also stretchy perfect fitting. The textile are amazing sometimes the pallet color two down two earth (the colors of earth actually), but still i would like to see from him in the future more colors. I am wondering how it will look his tailoring, and his over layers of clothes with maxi belts, and many details on strong shiny colors?