A live violin orchestra set a solemn mood at Sid Neigum’s Fall/Winter 2015 runway show during the first day of Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week. The tent was filled to capacity as the crowd intensely focused on the dramatic, monochrome collection from the young designer. Neigum had recently honed the title as the Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award Winner due to his successful Spring/Summer 2015 collection. His use of modular origami techniques is what stole the judges away! For his current F/W ‘15 collection, Neigum revisits the concept in-depth.
“My Spring/Summer runway collection was my jumping point for this Fall/Winter collection,” he said. “I wanted to expand on the modular origami theme, so I tried a few more types and added more details than just garments.”
The models strut down the runway with slick-back hair and dark dramatic eyes as they showcased Neigum’s new shapes and one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional pieces.
“I wanted to expand on a few series of dresses that I did, which are inspired by the Dior new look, but a more futuristic version of that,” he expressed.
Neigum’s latest all-black collection incorporates laser cutting and metallic fabrics.
“I tried a new fabric that consists of metal fiber in between a layer of cotton and modelle,” he said. “A lot of my collection’s materials are bonded so it’s three fabrics that are all heat-set together.”
Since winning the Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award, Neigum said a huge portion went toward fabrics, production, and selling to seven stores within the GTA.
“Although a huge amount of money went toward that, it’s also a good amount that comes out of it too,” he said. “The mentorship was also a huge, huge help!” he added.
As one of Toronto’s emerging young designers, Neigum says his future lies in constantly growing and learning along the way.
“I want to incorporate more and more technology in my designs; hopefully find more crazy fabrics, and grow and learn. Honestly, that’s really the goal— grow and learn.”