SEE YOU AGAIN IN FASHION WEEK BROOKLYN TRACY DIZON SPRING SUMMER 2019 COLLECTION OCTOBER 13, 2018, BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL!
Last year last, October 6, 2017 to be exact, I got the biggest break in my career as a Filipino Fashion Designer and Milliner. I won the Rise Art & Design Fashion Designer Competition 2017 that gave me the biggest break beyond my wildest dreams.
To be completely honest, I am quite hesitant to start this campaign. I do not want to over-take-advantage of crowdfunding, that being... I owe it to the kindest most generous people c/o GoFundMe and all of those people coming from different directions that helped me save my son's life just last December 2016 . I am a single mother of a 14 year old boy who just survived a very rare brain tumor Extra Ventricular Neurocytoma. With God's Grace and the grace of many kind people who helped us, we survived it. He is now in recovering stage but still regular medication and laboratory is essential and inevitable. I believe in the power of crowdfunding but I also recognize there will always be someone who has a deeper and more in dire need of funds. But I hope this time I do not overstep and hope this wishful campaign would reach many kind people with extra to spare.
I came to this decision of GoFundMe as my last hope after many opportunities has passed by soon after my successful show in Fashion Week Brooklyn October 2017 ... Invitations to several New York Fashion Week Shows and several overseas Fashion Weeks all came in... An opportunity I did not quite get in Manila in the 12 years of profession. But less of the general public knowledge know the dire amount of finance and expenses a designer have to go through to join, not only you have to qualify and make the best collection, but you have to shoulder a huge amount of fees and flight tickets to be able to join in such shows. I am unfortunately, aesthetically qualified, but financially challenged.
But the brightside about it, presenting my Spring Summer 2018 FWBK Collection Miss Hanoi: La Douleur Exquise gained worldwide attention being organically featured by press from USA, China, and Philippines. Coming from a self-made single mother and dreamer like me, I am beyond grateful with every opportunity that comes...
Fortunately, I found this great opportunity again... I am still beyond thankful that among all of the fashion productions out there all over the world, Fashion Week Brooklyn is one of the few who still continues to support us emerging and struggling artists and designers. I was elated that they yet again hosted a competition that grants a sponsored show for designers.
The good news came in this week when Editor-in-Chief of Solis Magazine Darneill J. Jones notified me via email the great news...
I came in a little short to bag again the first place and 100% sponsored show. But I am still very happy and grateful to win Third Place seeing the other amazing competitors who won. But I must admit it’s bittersweet to make it again at least for the second time to win a place internationally... in my most beloved Dream City of New York. I am immensely grateful for all these opportunities that opened and given to me.
My life in the Shelter for Single Mothers
Coming from a lost girl who survived living in a shelter 15 years ago . A Girl who was lost and merely had nothing but carrying my child... I could have gave up on such a fancy dream to become a fashion designer, but I never gave up and still fought for my dreams.
Travis Atreyu's Plight to Craniototmy
... and the same distraught single mother who was begging for funding for my son’s brain tumor surgery.
I am just soooo grateful how far I’ve come. I’m ranked among the world’s most amazing people in the field of fashion. I would like to think that more than my designs making it in New York, I have a unique inspirational story coming from humble beginnings. Please know that in supporting me in this plight, you are supporting a genuinely hardworking single mother who really had the most challenging and hard life who is in dire need of an opportunity to find a better life.
It would seem that "trying to make it to New York Fashion Week" is a bit too much or too frivolous. Coming from my humble beginnings, I super understand that!
But I take pride of this up coming collection very much... That this design is something my fellow Kababayan would be so proud of... 100% PINOY PRIDE and relatable to many Filipinos all over the world. I am very proud to come up with a very hip, fresh and young rendition of Filipininiana Clothingto appeal more to the younger generations. My Collection description is as follows:
Tracy Dizon's Spring Summer 2019 Collection: "Pinoy Pop Life"
for Fashion Week Brooklyn
My Spring-Summer 2019 Collection, “Pinoy Pop Life” is yet another autobiographical excerpt of my life growing up in the bustling City of (Metro) Manila where I was born and raised. Over the years that I had been privileged to represent my country in various fashion occasion, personal travels and research I have learned to appreciate the colorful hodgepodge of Filipino Culture that I represent. I am a Filipina. The smile in my face that lights up any room and that joyful energy I bring in, it is because, I am a Filipina.
I grew up with the guilty pleasure of sneaking some servings of “Dirty Ice Creams” on hot Manila afternoons. I grew up feeling the pink petals rains of Bougainvillea Flowers over the urban streets of Manila. I grew up taking curious interest over Taka Horse Paper Mache Toys which I would look forward to during provincial town fiestas. I wanted to join the Girl Scouts of the Philippines wanting to wear their cool uniforms not knowing I would often be soiled with outdoor camping activities. Filipiniana Day in school would always be a fashion challenge trying to make Filipiniana look more hip than everyone. Even back then, I must say that I already have the knack for fashion in very odd ways.
These are all personal memories that I draw inspirations from, celebrating the unique nostalgia of our different backgrounds, different descends but not exclusive alone to mine. I am making this collection with a big heart of sharing 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. 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, someday soon wearing Filipiniana would not be just limited to formal occasions and national holidays... But 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. This is my long term dream as a Filipino Creative, to stimulate the appreciation of Filipino Culture not only to the global audience, but more so the Filipino Youth all over the world.
I am a proud Filipina!
Sharing this here, I hope this can convince many kind generous hearts that my collection is not only a fashion collection... But an ethical and well researched and studied designs that is worth the Fashion Week Brooklyn stage. Most of the materials here are made from Philippine Indigenous Tribes mixed with well made wearable fashion. This alone is worth watching in the international New York Stage!
I would need to raise more funds that being I only got 60% sponsorship for the Fashion Week Brooklyn Registration Fee and also considering the flight ticket from Manila to New York... Plus extra baggage allowance carrying my collection. I am 40% on my way to finish with my designs, it would be a lot of help if you can help me make this collection a reality.
It was a bit tricky to set this up being based in Manila, but I also shared my bank details for local and PayPal for overseas. Please direct your donations to PayPal or local bank accounts stated in the campaign as the gofundme withdrawal gets tricky... Being a campaign coming from overseas (outside USA) I cannot receive the funding raised.
BPI Loyola Heights Katipunan Branch
Karen Tracy C.Dizon
BDO Loyola Heights Katipunan Branch
Karen Tracy C.Dizon
You may contact me via http://tracydizon.ph where all my social media accounts are linked.
Here are some of the PRESS LINKS that can tell more about my life story:
May 2018 Ravanes-Higham, Carla Bianca. "The story of Tracy & Atreyu Dizon."The Manila Times (The Sunday Times) [Manila, Philippines] May 6, 2018: Filipino Champions G3
June 2018 Chris Clemente “Fashion Designer Tracy Dizon On How Being At Rock Bottom Saved Her Son’s Life—And Her Own!”
February 2018 http://www.aprilmag.com/2018/02/23/tracy-dizon-filipina-designer-wins-new-york-fashion-week-with-hanoi-vibe/