Koos van den Akker (1939 – 2015) was from the Netherlands. He studied at the Netherlands Royal Academy of Art, then went to Paris where he continued his studies and did an apprenticeship at Christian Dior in the late 1950s. He opened a boutique in the Hague, where he sold his designs.
In 1968 van den Akker went to New York where he did designs for Eve Stillman, a lingerie manufacturer. He then opened his own women’s ready-to-wear business. He became known for his collage clothing, which incorporated lush fabrics, beading and laces.
Taking his inspiration from fabric, Van den Akker created clothes that were highly individual and boldly colored, using collage and patchwork. His collections continued right through the 1980s and 1990s, showing multi-fabric, bright, floral garments.
Koos van den Akker designed a small capsule collection manufactured by Ben Kahn Furs in the early 1980s. He and Peter DeWilde collaborated on a ready to wear sportswear collection in the 1990s. In the 1990s van den Akker started a line for TV retailer, QVC, called “Koos, of Course”.
Written by Lizzie Bramlett, Sweet Melissa, and ikonicvintage