Sid Neigum is the 2012 winner of Toronto Fashion Incubator‘s New Labels Fashion Design Competition.
The 23 year-old from Drayton Valley, Alberta beat out 60 entries from across the country to take home this coveted $60,000 prize pack. Along with winning $25,000 in cash, Neigum won a page in FLARE Magazine and the use of a TFI design studio for a year.
TFI’s New Label competition has been giving emerging designers this opportunity since 1992. Neigum created sketches for a 12 piece collection which was presented and styled for the catwalk show.
Sid Neigum’s inspiration for his Fall/Winter 2012 collection came from 90s minimalism (Helmut Lang and Ann Demeulemeester) and haute-goth cool (Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh).
Neigum moved to Edmonton in 2007 to attend M. C. College. In 2010 he won the Emerging Designer Award at Western Canada Fashion Week. He earned a spot at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and has interned under Yigal Azrouel.
The collection features beautifully intricate coats, leather pants and a neutral colour palette. The dresses and coats feature a boxy, menswear style, while still showing off a woman’s figure. Neigum uses sweaters to add layers to the differently shaped coats and updates classic shapes to make them more modern.