"“I’d like my work to let the person who wears it be whatever she is”
Haider was adopted by a French family in 1971, and due to his father’s business obligations, Haider spent his childhood moving around the globe. He studied fashion in Belgium at the fashion department of the Royal Academy. He left after three years to intern at the John Galliano’s Paris offices under his former academy teacher Wim Neels. While assisting there, he worked on both the menswear and womenswear collection. Haider finally saved up enough money and took the plunge to design his first, self-financed women’s collection that showed in Paris. His Autumn-winter 2002 collection was subtle, dignified, and sensuous. The collection was recognize by many notable buyers and editors and Haider was immediately hired as the Head Designer for Ruffo’s Research, commissioned to design two collections (Spring-summer and Autumn-Winter 2003), while still working on his own line.
Life has taught Haider that you need to take time to realize what you want to accomplish and then actually strive (to) achieve it. From living in many countries, to meeting a variety of different people, his career has been influenced by traveling around the world. From this impact, he would describe his designs as sincere yet comfortable, subtle yet interesting and very timeless. He expresses that he “just wants a girl to be able to express her feelings through his fashion” .And his philosophy in life…”try to dream….because reality will always bring us back to earth”.