Sid Neigum: Precise and clean-cut
Precision is key for Canadian designer, Sid Neigum. His AW14 womenswear collection, based on packaging design, saw every unnecessary detail removed from garments, leaving clean-cut dresses and coats held together with staples for a raw feel. “I wanted it to be an extremely precise collection that was so clean and specifically cut that it turns out to be creepy,” he told S/Style & Fashion magazine.
Sid has left no length untouched, mixing thigh-skimming and floor-length skirts with high-necked tops. Laser cutting – a technique nodding to his mathematical approach – produced the frayed edges seen throughout. His lookbook shows origami-like creations layered in a colour palette ranging from terracotta to metallic gold. While his monochrome designs suggest a simplistic collection, a 3D effect added through the twisting of heavy fabrics adds a mind teasing complexity. This is intensified with the subtle geometric printing featured on his looser fitting designs.
Sid Neigum transferred from a science course to fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Following his graduation he has shown at Toronto Fashion Week for the past six seasons, winning him a number of accolades. He was the recipient of Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Award in 2009, won the 2011 NextFest’s Emerging Artist Award, and was also presented with the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels Award in 2012.
Sid was selected as a finalist in DHL Exported, a program that assists designers in growing their business and also gives them the opportunity to show at various Fashion Weeks for two consecutive seasons. Unfortunately, Sid didn’t win but congratulations to: Francesca Liberatore who will be showing at New York Fashion Week, Hakaan Yildirim of Hakaan for London Fashion Week, Henry Holland of House of Holland for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, and Nicholas and Christopher Kunz of Nicholas K for Milan Fashion Week.