Born in Vienna, Birgit Hutter studied painting at the Akademie für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna and at the Art Student League in New York, as well as set and costume design at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. She also completed studies in the history of arts and theatre. She can look back on a multitude of projects which she has realised in the media of film, television, theatre and fashion, including as assistant to Vivienne Westwood.
She has worked with directors such as Xaver Schwarzenberger, Michael Verhoeven, Raúl Ruiz, Urs Egger, Philipp Stölzl, Luc Bondy, Peter Patzak, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Roger Spottiswoode and Axel Corti. In 2008 she was nominated for the Deutscher Fernsehpreis in the category of Best Art Direction for her collaboration with Urs Egger (Jüngstes Gericht). She has also worked on productions at the Volkstheater Wien, the Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Burgtheater, Wiener Volksoper, Theater in der Josefstadt and Theater an der Wien. At the George Taboris Theatre she developed several Shakespeare productions.
Birgit Hutter has been engaged at the Berliner Schillertheater, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Münchner Kammerspiele and the Festspiele Reichenau. For Jürgen Flimm she designed costumes for J Strausss Die Fledermaus (Opernhaus Zürich/Wiener Festwochen), Gounods Romeo et Juliette (Wiener Staatsoper), Offenbachs Großherzogin von Gerolstein (Styriarte 2003), King Arthur (Salzburger Festspiele 2004), Lucio Silla (Salzburger Festspiele 2006) and Moise et Pharaon (Salzburger Festspiele 2009). She also worked with John Malkovich on the movie Gustav Klimt, which was produced in Vienna in 2006.