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CNN Philippines: Tracy Dizon Feature Story of the Filipino

December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018 | CNN Philippines | Story of the Filipino Episode | © CNN Philippines

Manila-based fashion designer and milliner Tracy Dizon shares her journey at the Fashion Week Brooklyn and how her son inspired her to make it happen. 

The Story of the Filipino aired last December 11, 2018 Tuesday, 930pm, on CNN Philippines.

I was waiting for CNN Philippines if they will be uploading my episode for The Story of the Filipino in their Youtube but apparently not anymore, sadly. This interview was done a day before I won my second win in New York but it seemed to have almost been shelved. Hay, one of my biggest regret is I was forced to trade off another CNN Ph feature for this I wish my episode was given more chance to be seen by more people especially I’m moving na. But I hope you can watch our episode. Sana as we move to New York, CNN naman ang next! Haha! 

The thing with me is, I may take 12 years before getting somewhere winning or whatever, but at least when I said I will do it, I make sure I do even if it takes years. I am also vindictive, at least I would always vindicate all those hardships and oppression I have gone through. I never had that quick rise like most fashion peeps, but I did start from nothing and never used connections and any perks of my family background to get where I did. One thing is so solid in my career in the Philippines, Philippines was more brutal to me than elsewhere. 💪🏼

 

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December 19, 2019

It felt like summer and fall breezed through and I couldn’t catch up with the adventures that we’ve done to film my “Kawaii in Real Life” episode. I’m nervous and excited at the same time! Tracy’s Kawaii IRL Episode for NHK Kawaii International Episode#116 New York Time: December 12, 2019, Thursday 7:30 PM • December 13, 2019, Friday 1:30AM • 8:30AM • December 26, 2019, Thursday 7:30PM • December 27, 2019 , Friday 1:30AM • 8:30AM Tokyo Time: December ‪13, 2019 Fri 9:30‬ • ‪15:3‬0 •‪22:30‬ • December 27, 2018 ‪Fri 9:30‬, ‪15:3‬0 • ‪22:30‬ Manila Time: December ‪13, 2019 Fri 8:30‬ • ‪14:3‬0 •‪21:30‬ • December 27, 2018 ‪Fri 8:30‬, ‪14:3‬0 • ‪21:30‬ Live streaming on the NHK World Japan website https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/live/ On-demand streaming Beginning from 12/14, for approx. 1 year http://www.nhk.or.jp/kawaii-i/ “On Demand” service I would like to shout out many of my creative collaborators and team that made it possible because I aint no vlogger I can’t do no filming while doing real work haha! Videographers/Camera Operators: Borna Nemati @borna.nemati • Ali Akhavan @nomadali • Juke Paran @jukephotography • Shaun Edre Sato @chonedre • Redford Mancio @radiant_photopia • Archie Dairocas @archiedairocasarchiedairocas Photos by: Redford Mancio • Michael Maniago @michaelmaniagophotography • Candice Reyes Talampas @hirayaaa • Jaro Necesito @jarodaily • Dar San Agustin @photographsbydar Hair & Make-up: Stacey Stephenson @stacey_stephenson_mua • Joey Sanchez No copyright infringement intended just for documentation purposes.

September 5, 2019

Thank you so much all my dearest loyal friends I kept bugging daily for one whole month! I am not online famous but I do am blessed with many different friends from kawaii friends, fashion friends, mommy friends, teacher friends, party friends, Japan - Hanoi - Paris - NYC and Philippine Friends. I am quite taken by a shock how New Yorkers are so supportive on this whole Kawaii Contest! I find myself being recognized by New Yorker Fashionistas and tell me they voted for me because of my moving story! That is just crazy amazing! I never thought I even stood a chance with such worthy and challenging co-finalists! They were all great!! To my dearest kababayan, I know you are the most intense and dedicated online voters for that I am so grateful to everyone who continuously who voted for me! Maraming salamat po! Kawaii Culture is all about living a playful unique spirit... which I’ve been doing all throughout my real life and work life. I am beyond honored to be acknowledged through this Kawaii Leader Contest! I would still be doing and living a kawaii life on and off cameras anyways. Stay tuned as we have so much planned for this amazing chance bringing Kawaii in New York! I’m so excited to show you in the coming weeks finding Kawaii in NYFW, people watching and how to rock being a kawaii mom in real life!

June 2019

Perseverance and talent -- these are the keys to Tracy Dizon's success as a fashion designer in New York. But did you know that things weren't that easy for Tracy before? She even faced a lot of rejection and loss before making it to the top. Watch her inspiring story in this video of "Becoming Pinoy."


 

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Cambio&Co: Tracy Dizon on being a Filipina Designer & How She Became Her Own Dream Girl

February 25, 2019

Several weeks ago, I visited Tracy Dizon’s home and studio in Varsity Hills, where she has lived with her 14- year old son ever since coming back to Manila from her recent collection’s success in Brooklyn, New York. Tracy’s designs have been recognized by one of the biggest fashion capitals of the world and is well on her way to putting her vision of Philippine women’s wear on the global map.

She lives in a two-storey townhouse, previously her parents’ home and the house she grew up in, a seemingly quaint and tidy place. Doubling as Tracy’s studio is the second floor, which, upon entering, I was taken aback.

Contrary to the orderly first floor I had just seen, here there are heaps of clothes and papers, racks of dresses, mannequin heads wearing kitten-ear headbands, sketches of women that look like Bratz dolls of the early 2000s, piles of pink clear folders, and a coffee table with donuts and strawberry tea.

Tracy herself is a bundle of energy, exploding with enthusiasm and a passion for life reflected in her cat-eyed glasses, bright pink coat, and matching lipstick. You can’t help but feel a sense of joy being around her. Which makes her story of struggle all the more extraordinary. “I have always been interested in how best to represent the Filipino through design. We, Filipinos, are so joyful. We light up the room.” And so are her clothes: she admires the fashion sense of the younger years of the Rookie Magazine founder, Tavi Gevinson and considers Iris Apfel one of her greatest inspirations. They have both been known for their boldly feminine way of mixing prints, colors, and patterns into their personal styles.

FEELING AT ODDS WITH THE WORLD

With tears in her eyes, Tracy recalls vividly how in 2001, she struggled to find a place for herself. Literally.

First, she defied her parents’ wishes of staying in a small college and instead chose to hone her skills in a big university to study Fashion Technology. “My family was super conservative, but I went rogue. Fashion wasn’t a popular thing - to be creative, it’s like you’re a bit weird.”

Then when she became pregnant at the age of 21, she lived in a shelter under the Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, a home for single moms for around seven months. “It was super humbling because the friends that I hung out with, the minute that they got the news, they totally disassociated with me.” She had lost everything, even her sense of identity. ““Homeless, pregnant, kicked out of the house- I thought, ‘Maybe fashion isn’t my field.’”

Yet she made the decision to move out of the shelter, live with her parents again to continue her schooling on her own, while raising her son.

During her classes, she would bring her son with her to school and even breastfeed him while the professor went on with the lecture. Cautious and aware of the risks in pursuing a challenging career like fashion, she took education subjects, so she would have something to fall back on.

“The world of fashion is glamorous, but my life wasn’t glamorous,” she says matter-of-factly, but with a hint of disbelief, as though even she can’t believe what she went through.

“I was so bad in sewing and patterns. There’s this one pattern class I had to make up for my failure and the requirement was to join a competition for plus points. That was my only goal at that time. I didn’t ever think that I would get into the finals and I was the only representative of my university. ” So as part of a class requirement, she joined the Philippine Fashion Design Competition (PFDC) in 2006, a nationwide contest alongside aspiring couturieres who have since then become big names in the Philippine fashion industry.  “From a babagsakin (failing) girl, I suddenly became this representative. It became a big divine sign.”

In 2007, not having finished her degree to prioritize her obligations at home, she signed up as a stylist for ABS-CBN. She moved into her own space, with no refrigerator nor kitchen utensils -  just an empty space with a bed for 4000 pesos per month (the equivalent today of $76USD).

She worked three times a week, preparing costumes and going on set, working for almost 24 hours on call. A year later, she signed on to become a merchandiser for Kamiseta brand, designing perfume packaging and luggages.

Despite the struggles, Tracy couldn’t give up her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Eventually she resigned from her full-time job as a merchandiser to join the television show Project Runway, where, sadly, she got eliminated early.

“I joined Project Runway not to win, but for my son to be proud of me.”

DISCOVERING KAWAII

Despite the disappointment, Tracy, with her characteristic determination, decided to press on and, in 2009, joined the Japan Fashion Design Contest in Tokyo.  

From then on, she felt like doors had opened for her, the audience in Japan more receptive of her style. People were more open to what Tracy calls the “poof” in her designs - the way her dresses would balloon along the bodice of the wearer and how she sometimes use her own doodles as patterns.

It was her time in Japan that introduced her to the Kawaii style. During the same year, she began creating Kitty head pieces.

“I really like it, because it’s playful. These are the things I missed out on when I was younger,” Tracy explains.  “Kawaii is the regression to childhood, that’s it’s psychological definition. It’s also a form of rebellion.”

These seemingly counterintuitive ideas - rebellion and playfulness - are themes that continue to crop up in Tracy’s designs, showing a way of defying convention and constraints by simply rising above.

“It interested me that [with Kawaii] you were acting out, but not in a destructive way. Even until now, even when I expand to different styles, I’ve grown from it but my roots are there.”

FINDING INSPIRATION IN HANOI

When her mother died unexpectedly in 2014, Tracy faced not only the loss of her mother, but it also made her question her identity as a designer. She no longer felt like she could embody what Kawaii stood for because it was so far from her current state.

“I thought, ‘I want to start anew.’ And then I realized maybe I should grow up a little. I don’t want to associate myself with being a Japanese, Kawaii designer. I don’t want to be pigeonholed.”

Shaken by the death of her mother and desperate for new inspiration, she booked a one-way ticket to Hanoi, Vietnam. Like out of a tragic romance novel, she went to Vietnam to follow a French lover, only to discover he was already with a Vietnamese woman.

Dispirited and heartbroken, Tracy became fixated. “Sino ba yung girl na yun?” (Who is she?)

Her trip to Hanoi, though, gave her something surprising: a widely accessible and affordable textile dream. “When I came back that’s when I started designing again, I was so inspired by the fabrics in Hanoi. It was so ironic because the fabrics are cheaper there. And their indigenous materials are flourishing. There you can buy it in bulk. You can buy it outside your hotel room.”

Meanwhile, Tracy continued to obsess about The Other Woman. And it was this obsessive revisiting of this mystery woman that actually inspired her Miss Hanoi collection. This would soon be her entry to the Spring Summer 2018 Fashion Week Brooklyn competition, in which she would eventually be hailed as the grand winner, her first major win.

The dresses in the collection have a very traditional feel - the process entailed research and meeting with her Vietnamese friends to ask them of their lifestyle and worldviews, but they would remark, “Why are you so curious about us? Every Vietnamese girl would want your life. You are independent, you can travel, you have a life.”

Eventually, along the process of designing the dresses for her collection, Tracy found them becoming more and more like the dresses she used to design when she was in college. “The dresses gradually become doll dresses. And that’s when I realized that I didn’t have to look elsewhere. I can be my own dream girl.”  

Inspired by tea cups, stamps, flowers in the park, and ceramic piggy banks, Tracy created a collection that resembled postcards in living, breathing bodies. Her trip to Hanoi, which once was a chase for an idea of this Mystery Other Woman, became a personal revelation instead.

PINOY POP! COLLECTION: A GLIMPSE OF CHILDHOOD IN THE PHILIPPINES

After a year, she re-entered the same competition, hailing a different collection. Her Spring Summer 2019, “Pinoy Pop Life”, which won third place, was more reminiscent of her life back home.

After exploring the Kawaii in Tokyo and the indigenous textiles of Hanoi for inspiration for her designs, she decided to take it one step further by making a collection that showcases not just her personal story, but her personal heritage. “I’ve always been inclined to use indigenous materials, being an Iskolar ng Bayan (Scholar of the Nation), the University of the Philippines taught me to give back to my country as much as I can,” she says.

Tracy believes that to represent the Philippine culture entails an awareness of its history, backed by genuine experiences.

“Promoting culture should involve ethics, research and certain awareness of things. It’s not just fashion, it’s also in daily life, it’s a matter of human etiquette, you should have respect.”

Indeed, her latest collection is a narrative of her life, borne from her own experiences growing up in Manila. She collaborated with Girl Scout to create a dress inspired by her prepubescent days of outdoor camping activities. In the collection as well are denim doll dresses and pantsuits that speak of Tracy’s personal recollections of jeepney sign boards, dirty ice cream vendors on hot Manila afternoons, pink petals of the Bougainvillea, and Taka Horse Paper Mache Toys during provincial town fiestas. She wants to create youthful pieces that stir the hearts of young Filipinas, who themselves have gone through similar childhoods and hold these same memories. 

On her website, she writes: “I want to be appreciated as an integral part of the daily street fashion of the youth not only for Filipinos, but open to be appreciated by the whole world.”

FROM MANILA TO NEW YORK

When I visited her home, her son mentioned his dreams of being an actor and his excitement over moving to New York. Tracy has been documenting their new life since February on Instagram. One photo is of her son acting in his first theatrical show, another is of them both witnessing their first snowfall.

I remember her saying, “It also bled me a lot to shoulder every collection I made, just to offer something beautiful.” This is especially true if we look back on her life: A young Tracy, who recently discovered how harsh the world can be, showing up to class with her son and designing her doll dresses anyway. And now a much older Tracy in her cat-eye glasses and pink coat, wiser now because of her experiences, bringing her warmth and vision to New York.

Tracy remains ambitious that wearing Filipiniana would, in the future, not seem like a cultural show, but a mere form of self-expression.

“I would still want young girls to wear this.

I want more occasions where young women can wear their own Filipiniana. ”

Maybe from Tracy we can expect more events like her tea parties, where it can be commonplace to wear her blazers and skirts made from indigenous materials. One in which we have also sorted out the matter of production costs and taking proper care of the hands that weave the fabrics. It’s a hefty vision, one that inspires her to keep on creating. We can look forward to the day, as if in a sort of utopian world, that maybe in bookstores or cafes, young women will don these articles of clothing, as easily as they do multinational brands, but more valued for the stories they tell.

Although the elements of Tracy’s life changed - her houses, jobs, and friends - she stayed true to her unique vision and pursued people and places that encouraged it. Maybe this is what it means to be your own dream girl: Like Tracy, we can find it in us to have faith in the world’s sensitivity to our dreams, to have courage in offering something beautiful over and over, despite how complicated the pursuit has been.

Distract TV: Fashion Designer Tracy Dizon’s Debut

Written by: Jodi Cornish

December 31, 2018

There she was, with an infectious bubbly personality, in a beautiful, bright pink dress, fuchsia sneakers and adorned with one of her signature tiaras, laughing amongst a crowd of fashionistas outside of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. I’m speaking of the one and only, Tracy Dizon, Milliner/Filipina Fashion Designer and winner of the Rise Sport’s Art & Design Fashion Designer competition. It was the final evening of Fashion Week Brooklyn, 2018, showcasing Spring/Summer 2019collections.  Tracy presented her quirky, yet magnificent collection “Pinoy Pop Life”, 12 different looks for the grand finale. To say it was an honor and a dream come true, is an understatement. The collection was inspired by her childhood memories of eating “dirty ice-creams” on hot afternoons in Manila, Philippines, feeling “pink petals of Bougainvillea flowers over the urban streets and taking a curious interest in Taka horse paper mache toys”. Models cascaded down the steps of a historic monument, Borough Hall and onto a runway, wearing Ms. Dizon’s colorful dresses, fun prints and signature tiaras. Classic Filipino fabrics, such as; Ifugao textiles, Cordillera, Yakan and Abel Ilocanos were used to give a “nostalgic essence and share her beautiful culture” through her designs. Her pieces had unique character and an auto-biographical story shined through as each model posed. I was immediately inspired to meet the mind behind such whimsical fashion and her fascinating culture. Tracy Dizon’s story is far from boring or easy.

Born in Manila, Philippines, Tracy recalls desiring to become a fashion designer since the ripe age of 5 years old. Finding solace playing, “Barbie Dolls and Paperdolls”, she would draw clothes and put prices on them. She even made her own make-shift “fashion magazine” and pretended to be an editor. In her high school years, she attended, Miriam College Pep Squad (an exclusive Catholic school for girls in the Philippines). During that time, she used to doodle and give her classmates ‘prom dress designs’. She always had a fascination with color, costumes and dressing up. Tracy would then go on to pursue an advanced education in clothing design at Miriam College and courses at the University of the Philippines Diliman, amongst some of the most talented Filipino students. It was there that she was served a large slice of humble pie.

Later, Tracy became a stylist and costume designer for ABS-CBN in 2007. She designed for four shows; Lastikman, Imortal and PHR’s Pintada and Corazon Ang Unang Aswang. Although, working as a stylist for television and film helped her to pay bills and take care of her son, Travis Atreyu Dizon, she really desired to build her own brand. Over the years, Tracy participated in various fashion contests, such as; AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search (Malaysia) and Vietnam EmergingDesigner competition, which later lead her to the popular televised show, ProjectRunway Phillipines (season 2), in 2009. Although, it was a learning experience, the “cut-throat” and often viscious environment on the show, was not her cup of tea. Also during that year, she was chosen as the Phillipines Representative in the 47th Japan Fashion Design contest (Tokyo). Her involvement with that contest was received well by many new fans of her “weird, child-like aesthetic”. She then had an ah-ha moment and decided to “penetrate the international market, where options are wider and open to various bold and playful designs”.

Fortunately, Tracy grew up with travel agent parents and started traveling around the world, at a young age. Many of her design inspirations come from her appreciation for other cultures. She would often “wanderlust” as she refers to it, in Paris, London, New York, Hanoi and other cities. Although, these experiences may sound glamorous, Tracy’s career journey and personal life as a single parent have been a constant struggle.

Less than two years ago, life took an unexpected turn for Tracy and her son, Travis. Upon the heels of picking up business at big trade-shows, they received news that Travis had been diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and had to undergo immediate brain surgery. Sadly, Tiara by Tracy Dizon had to be put on hold, which was heartbreaking, but necessary. Today, Travis is a cancer survivor. The inseparable and inspiring mother and son team are pursuing their design dreams together. I had the pleasure of spending some time with them, while they were in New York City this past Fall. They were a breath of fresh air! Their smiles warmed my heart and I remember being in awe by their huge amount of love and respect for one another. They are truly the epitome of positivity, perseverance, strength and talent. Their future is bright and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019.

or more information regarding Tiara by Tracy Dizon, you can follow Tracy on Instagram @tracydizon.ph and @tiarabytracydizon.

Runway Photos and Article by Jodi Cornish

Additional Photo Credits: Solo photo of Tracy Dizon and photo of Tracy and Travis together, by Redford Mancio

Models: Virginia Liang, Morgan Glenn, Caroline Paras, Jackie Paras (Ms. New York US Nation 2018), Joyce Sheng, Vanessa Ramos, Alex Leimesiter, Jeannette Josue (Ms. World Elite 2018), Muyta Ng, Julee Bourgoin and Serenity Ford

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Dec 28, 2018

Filipina designer Tracy Dizon makes it big in New York

Tracy Dizon, who is known for her quirky hat designs and non-traditional style, launched her Maria Clara-inspired collection "Pinoy Pop Life" during Fashion Week Brooklyn in New York on October 13. Instead of dresses that go all the way to the floor, her ensembles included a bouffant babydoll dress that uses Cordillera fabrics. She also had a sarimanok-inspired outfit featuring materials from the Tausug and Yakan peoples and a maxi skirt made from Ilocos’ inabel.

 

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Zynon Magazine: Pinoy Pop Life

April 2019

Woot! Super proud of this!! My Tres Marias Pinay Muses Paras Sisters! Finally our first editorial collaboration finally published in Zynon Magazine @zynon.mag These amazing sisters trio are reaping the NYFW runways BY-THE-WAY! Super proud of these gurls! Other than our “Pinoy Pop Life” catching so much love and appreciation globally... Our Pinay Models are also giving that fierce couture Pinay Pride! 
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ZYNON Episode 6 is out now!! Click the link in our bio to get a copy!! #ZYNONmagazine
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Pinoy Pop Life

Photo by: Michael Maniago @michaelmaniagophotography
Models: 
Jacqueline Paras @jackietanparas
Jennifer Paras @parasjennifer
Caroline Paras @ladyline08

Make-up: Patty Maldonado @maldonado.beauty
Hair: Kcoey Simons @kcoeystylze
Styling: Tracy Dizon @tracydizon.nyc
Clothes: @tracydizon.nyc
Hats: @tiarabytracydizon
Accessories: Chockers @anandakanani Rose Earrings: @adanteleyesa
Shoes: @holaliliauthenticethnic

On Jackie: Ifugao Printed Fabric Terno Doll Dress with Tulle Skirt from SS 2019 Pinoy Pop Life Collection Tracy Dizon • Shoes: Hola Lili 
On Jennifer: Ifugao Weave Terno Blouse Top • Bottom: Lounge Pants with Cordillera Weave Waist Band detail • Shoes: Hola Lili 
On Caroline: Black Eyelet Terno Blouse Top with Ifugao Weave accents • Bottom: Striped Squarepants inspired by Modern Maria Clara •
Shoes: Hola Lili

Order your copy here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1591200

 

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