Since launching his eponymous collection in September 2002, designer Haider Ackerman has experienced a meteoric rise to become one of the most commended designers within the fashion industry. The recipient of a Swiss Textile Award and a Fashion Group International award for design, Ackermann’s signature draped forms and intricate design aesthetic has won a legion of dedicated followers from influential industry insiders including critic Suzy Menkes who described the Ackermann as a ‘rare hope-for-the-future.’
Throughout his career the Paris-based designer has been approached to head up several prominent design houses including Dior and Martin Margiela and in 2011 was also selected as a guest designer at the influential Pitti Immagine showcase in Florence. At the same showcase, Ackermann unveiled his first menswear collection to critical acclaim, with the second collection presented two years later at the Men’s Fashion Week in Paris in July 2013.
A Columbian native, Ackermann enrolled in the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp in 1994, pursuing a degree in fashion design. A noted perfectionist, Ackermann was expelled in 1997 for having failed to complete any of his assigned collections, a fault attributed to his desire to produce collections that lived up to his exacting standards.
In 1998 Ackermann began a five month internship at John Galliano , building up his portfolio over the next few years with designers such as Bernhard Willhelm, Patrick Van Ommeslaeghe and Mayerline. Following the launch of his label in 2002, Ackermann guest designed a collection for premium leather specialist’s Ruffo Research and in 2005 re-located to Paris, setting up his studio.
In 2005, Ackermann also signed up with Belgian group BVBA 32, gaining financial backing for his label. The group recently split Ackermann’s business into a separate entity in recognition of the label’s growing prominence.
Karl Lagerfeld has gone on record saying that he believed Ackermann a worthy successor to his mantle at Chanel, a fitting compliment for one of fashion’s most talented designers.