Koos van den Akker, from the Netherlands, studied at the Netherlands Royal Academy of Art before moving to Paris where he continued his studies and served an apprenticeship at Christian Dior in the late 1950s. After working for various fashion houses, he decided to open his own shop in the late 1960s, selling his ready-to-wear designs. He became known for his collage clothing that incorporated lush fabrics, beading and laces. He was famous for taking his inspiration from fabric and creating clothes that were highly individual and boldly colored, using collage and patchwork. His collections continued on through the 1980s and 1990s, still characterized by multi-fabric, bright, floral garments.