YAS Spotlight: Tracy Dizon's Unstoppable Journey

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Monday, Mar 12, 2018 05:17 AM

The road to New York is paved by persistence. Nobody knows this quite as well as designer and milliner Tracy Dizon, whose story of success is one to know and emulate. 

The Manila-based designer started out as a costume designer for various shows, working hard and honing her design and styling skills from backstage. A single mom, she split her time between caring for her son Atreyu and making a living from doing what she loved.

Never say that persistence doesn’t work because every ounce of success she’s achieved is a direct result of her hard work and taking advantage of as many opportunities as she can. Despite losing competitions and suffering rejections, Tracy knows that it makes victories even sweeter. Her love for fashion led to amazing opportunities in Manila and around the world, revolving around fashion shows, competitions, and brand team-ups. 

Tracy’s current collection, dubbed Miss Hanoi: La Doleur Exquise, was recently launched in Brooklyn Fashion Week as a winning prize for the Rise Art & Design Fashion Designer Competition. Inspired by her travels to Hanoi and Wong Kar Wai films, she designed a collection of items that harken to the era of twenties chinoiserie, with vibrant patterns and colors, high mandarin collars, and of course, tiny hats. Made with fabrics from Vietnam, this is the collection that prompted invitations to Tracy’s whirlwind schedule. 

Aside from showcasing her new Autumn/Winter collection on four different New York shows (Society Fashion Week, FDC Collections Showcase, Art Hearts and Fashion Gallery New York) this year, she’s been in Vancouver Fashion Week, Dubai International Fashion Week and Battle of Designers in Toronto. 

All of this happened on top of her son’s brain tumor diagnosis and subsequent craniotomy, which didn’t deter Tracy in the slightest. She took to the Internet for help and support, asking for help to fund Atreyu’s operation. At the time, it meant dropping everything, including her design work to care for him. Now, Atreyu is happy and thriving, encouraging his Mama’s dreams.

There’s nothing that can stop Tracy now, and as she says, "if you can make it in NYC, you can make it anywhere!"

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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