After the success of her “Miss Hanoi” Collection in Fashion Week Brooklyn (FWBK) last year, Filipina streetwear designer and milliner Tracy Dizon is set to make her FWBK comeback this October 13, with a new collection inspired by her country’s very own pop culture.

“Pinoy Pop Life (The Nostalgia of Growing Up as a Filipino)” does not simply play an ode to the nostalgia of a childhood in the Philippines, but rather a culmination of Dizon’s long desire to showcase her heritage and her love for it to the world.  It is an autobiographical exert of Dizon’s life growing up in the capital of the Philippines.

The collection includes at least 10 looks, each taking inspiration from a variety of Philippine cultural references. From dirty ice cream to the signboard of the quintessential Philippine vehicle, the jeepneys, and the papier-mâché Taka Horse, the designs integrate modern designs and vibrant colors to create a look that each tells a different story.

The pieces are made from different Philippine traditional fabrics like Ifugao textiles, Cordillera fabrics, Yakan, and Abel Iloco, and incorporates them with modern aesthetics to create a modern “Maria Clara”.

“I am making this collection with a big desire in my heart to be able to share my beautiful culture in the form of fashion. I want to share the undeniably show-stopping beauty of the Philippines. This time around, I want to present both the nostalgic essence of growing up in the Philippines and at the same time moving forward towards promoting the unique hodgepodge of Filipino Pop Culture that has yet to be discovered,” Dizon said.

One of her pieces is a Crop Top and Shorts pair made out of traditional Ifugao textiles. The collared crop top has butterfly sleeves that can be worn either for both formal and casual occasions. Another of her pieces is a hat inspired by the Philippine rice cake, sapin-sapin, where Dizon experimented with shape and colors that are very Filipino and festive.

“More often than not, Filipiniana clothing would often feel too traditional and old that the younger generation may feel disjointed with the culture. I would like to exhibit a fresh creative perspective to the Filipiniana clothing that hopefully, will pave the way for a future where the Filipiniana will not be just limited to formal occasions and national holidays.”

“I take pride in this upcoming collection very much. My wish is to be that these designs will be something my fellow Kababayans would be so proud of—the collection is all about 100% PINOY PRIDE and relatable to many Filipinos all over the world,” Dizon added.

Dizon’s participation comes at the heels of her winning Third Place in the US-based Solis Magazine: Art & Entertainment’s Fashion Designer Contest, winning a sponsorship for 60% of her FWBK registration fee.

But this isn’t the first time she’s won an international design contest. Last year, Dizon won the Rise Sport’s Rise Art&Design Fashion Design Competition, which opened the opportunity for her to launch her Miss Hanoi collection in Fashion

As part of her prize for winning, she also launched her limited edition sunglasses with Rise Sport that matched her collection’s aesthetics.

Tracy Dizon has been a member of Manila FAME’s Manila Wear brand since 2016 and was mentored by Natori, who urged her to expand her product segments to include clothing and other pieces other than hats and headpieces, geared towards developing a lifestyle brand.

Tracy and her son Atreyu

Dizon has persistently joined numerous fashion content for the past 12 years, including internationally in Japan Fashion Design Contest (Tokyo), AirAsia Runway ReadyDesigner Search (Malaysia) and Vietnam Emerging Designer (Vietnam), Philippine Fashion Design Competition and Project Runway Philippines before she bagged the Rise Art&Design Fashion Design Competition in New York.

 

Let’s cheer on our kababayan Tracy Dizon! Good luck and hustle, Ms. Tracy!

 
 
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