TORONTO, Canada — Although Sid Neigum grew up watching his grandmother make outfits for his sister from scratch (his grandmother’s pattern-less dressmaking methodology still informs his work today), like Giorgio Armani before him, the Canadian designer planned to become a physician before he turned his attention to fashion design. Indeed, the Alberta-born designer, and self-professed maths nerd, studied science at university for one year until, following a Eureka moment in 2009, he enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and took up a place as an intern at Yigal Azrouël. As a student, Neigum showed at various fashion weeks across Canada, but he has made Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week his home since 2011. In 2012, Neigum won the Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels award, receiving C$25,000.

In the past 12 months, Neigum has won C$30,000 (about US $24,000) from the Mercedes-Benz StartUp competition, funding to stage his Autumn/Winter 2015 show, which took place in Toronto in March of this year, and, C$10,000 from the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards. In addition, the designer is one of ten selected to participate in the British Fashion Council’s Next in Line exhibition, part of the International Fashion Showcase. Finally, in what has been a banner year for the emerging designer, Neigum was recently invited to apply for the prestigious annual ANDAM fashion award.

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Story Credit: Business of Fashion
Photo: Sid Neigum Autumn/Winter 2015 – BoF