Haider Ackermann


Haider Ackermann, the Colombian-born designer who has been described by some insiders as “the new Yves Saint Laurent” and is being tipped for one of the top candidates to replace John Galliano at Dior.

The designer was born in Colombia and adopted by French parents who traveled extensively through Africa and Europe working for Amnesty International. Ackermann finally landed at the Royal Academy in Antwerp, where his work caught the attention by using a draping and layering techniques. His aesthetic style is inspired by different cultures and fuses an unpredictable palette with elegant touches.

Due to financial reasons, he left the academy after three years. He interned withJohn Galliano and Wim Neels. He showed his design sketches to his friend Raf Simons, who encouraged him to start up on his own and helped him with fabric manufacturers and press agents.

During Paris Fashion Wee, he showed his collection for Spring/Summer 2004. In 2003, Ackermann has also been elected a member of the French Fashion Federation, the governing body of French Haute Couture. In December 2004, Haider won the prestigious Swiss Textiles award which is presented at the GWAND fashion festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. He was presented with 100,000 Euros prize

In 2009 he has been offered the creative directorship of the cult Belgian brandMartin Margiela, who got retired in 2009, but he apparently declined.

After the disgraced John Galliano in February 2011 he is the most talked-about man at the Paris prêt-à-porter season, that he might be considering a move to become creative director at Dior.