Haider Ackermann was born in 1971. He first studied in Belgium during 1994, taking courses in fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Following an internship with John Galliano, he worked as an assistant to one of his teachers, the Belgian designer Wim Neels. In the following years he worked for various brands, including Bernhard Willhelm.
In 2001 Ackermann created his own label and presented his first women's wear collection in March 2001 during Paris fashion week. His 2002 collection drew the attention of house Ruffo, premium leather clothing specialist, which hired him to direct the spring-summer collections and autumn-winter 2003 for Ruffo Research. In 2005 he signed with the Belgian group BVBA 32 and set up his studio in Paris.
Influenced by cultural differences, Ackerman's fashion contrasts and blends dress codes. His hallmarks are exceptionally tailored pieces that show directional shapes, but that are still modern and wearable. His work has an angular, structured aesthetic, yet a feminine feel.