Haider Ackermann was born in Santa Fe de Bogota, Columbia in 1971. He moved to Belgium in 1994 to study at the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Antwerp. After working as an intern at John Galliano's Paris offices, Ackermann became the assistant to his former academy teacher Wim Neels and worked on the Belgian designers men's and womenswear collections. Following strong industry encouragement, Ackermann presented his first, self-financed women's collection in Paris for Autumn-Winter 2002. Ackermann was hired as the head designer for Ruffo Research, commissioned to design two collections (Spring-Summer and Autumn-Winter 2003), while continuing to produce his own line.

Haider Ackermann is represented by Michele Montagne Tel: (+33) 1 42 03 91 00