Filipino designer Tracy Dizon’s success story is anything but bland. From her reality show lemon to a heartbreaking trip to a foreign land, Dizon has enriched her artisanal products with a cocktail of experiences that any adventurous woman can relate to, as vividly represented in her funky flagship brand, “Tiara by Tracy Dizon,” which debuted successfully at the 64th Manila FAME earlier this October.
Dizon joined 15 other select designers to form one of Manila FAME’s important highlights – Manila Wear. Under the curatorship of renowned Filipino fashion icon Josie Natori, Dizon’s idiosyncratic collection found its way to the ensemble of diverse collections of apparel, accessories, and wearables.
Funky headpieces largely make up Dizon’s fashion line. Funky started with the wild idea of using bra pads as a base for hats. A feature in a Filipino broadsheet kickstarted her now-storied career in Japan, and when Tokyo-based journalist Misha Janette started wearing her experimental pieces at Chanel, Giorgio Armani, and Emporio Armani events, Dizon landed editorials in Japan’s top fashion magazines.
Dizon’s showpieces have been collected by Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman and Academy Award-nominated Hollywood designer Patricia Field (“Sex and the City” and “Devil Wears Prada”), while actress Maxene Magalona has become a regular client.
But with inquiries from foreign trade buyers at Manila FAME, this simple mall consignor is opening her doors to a fashion event initiated by the Netherlands Embassy, a potential collaboration with Patricia Field to open stores in Singapore and New York City, and a joint project with an NGO in Saranggani.
Tracy counts her competition experience as feathers in her flamboyant cap, including the Philippine Fashion Design Competition (2007), Project Runway Philippines Season 2 (2009), 47th Japan Fashion Design Contest (2009), Boardwalk PH Designer Show Off People’s Choice (2014), Air Asia Runway Ready Design Search (2016), and Vietnam Emerging Designer Award (2016). She also credits her inspiration to the French boy who broke her heart when she bravely booked a flight to Vietnam one day, only to be coldly rejected. This heartbreak later on led to the success of “Miss Hanoi: La Douleur Exquise” – a collection by Dizon that reworks the traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai dress into casual pieces that reveal a range of moods and personalities, from subtle elegance and grace, to confident and adventurous chic.”
Dizon also blogs at “The Foxy Lady Thinks Out Loud,” creating an image of herself as a single mom of two children – 12-year-old boy Atreyu and “Tiara by Tracy Dizon.”
Manila Wear is a branding initiative under Fashion Philippines that aims to develop the Philippine fashion industry into a globally competitive industry. It is one of the trade show highlights of Manila FAME – the country’s premier design and lifestyle event showcasing craftsmanship, design innovation, and artisanship in Philippine products. Manila FAME is organized by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).