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Emerging Milliner, Tracy Poblano Ceballos, was announced as the winner of the Brisbane Fashion Month Millinery Competition. Read her exclusive interview with Fashion Weekly.

Emerging Milliner, Tracy Poblano Ceballos, was announced as winner of the Brisbane Fashion Month Millinery Competition. Read her exclusive interview with Fashion Weekly.
Tracy Poblano Ceballos winning creation from the Brisbane Fashion Month Creative Competition
Image credit: Photography: Connie Rose | Model: Emily Isabel | MUA: Velbella

Brisbane Fashion Month 2017 saw an array of fashion creatives come together to showcase their best designs. The Brisbane Fashion Month Creative Competition promoted emerging talent within the fashion industry. From designers, illustrators, stylists and photographers – there was an impressive line up of talent recognised and celebrated.

I sat on the judging panel alongside Meredith McMaster, Sarah Timmerman and Adrzej Pytel. The general public also voted for their favourites and to say the competition was tough would be an understatement.

Emerging Milliner, Tracy Poblano Ceballos, won the Millinery category so we caught up with her to learn more about her winning creation and design journey. Read our exclusive interview below.


Congratulations on being chosen as the winner of the Brisbane Fashion Month Fashion Millinery Competition. Can you tell me about the inspiration behind your winning piece?

TPC: My Inspiration came from Queensland itself. I was more than proud to represent our state and show the diversity of our tropical rainforest, exotic parrots, coral reefs and the colour that surrounds us.

Emerging Milliner, Tracy Poblano Ceballos, was announced as winner of the Brisbane Fashion Month Millinery Competition. Read her exclusive interview with Fashion Weekly.
Emerging Milliner: Tracy Poblano Ceballos
Image credit: Photography: Connie Rose | Model: Emily Isabel | MUA: Velbella

What was it like seeing your millinery design paraded at the Brisbane Fashion Month runway show in Queen Street Mall for all to see?

TPC: Extremely exciting, as a designer you have all these visions, passions and beliefs in your concept but it is not until you see it in movement on a runway or in fashion photography and videography that you truly see its power and success.

Was there a significant moment that sparked your interest within the fashion industry?

TPC: I studied Theatrical Millinery Construction and Design in The Melbourne School of Fashion over a decade ago as a new hobby. This sparked my interest in fashion and design and after a mid-career change and a baby I decided to go back to studies and complete a Fashion Degree. Fashion to me is more than just pretty things, it is a story, an art piece that helps you create your identity.

Where do you draw inspiration from when you’re designing a new head piece or collection?

TPC: I am inspired by many things, from nature to stories and unusual treasured objects. Colour is of huge importance to me, designing around a client’s individual personality and mixing it with forecasted trends. Feathers, flowers, and gems of beauty I find interesting so it’s a correlation of beautiful things.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

TPC: I think my aesthetic is a little different to traditional Millinery looks. For my winning design I took a real risk by using bright coloured bold feathers, and it worked. Going forward my influence will be a mix of bohemia and glamour. A contemporary look that explains who we are here in our beautiful sunshine and happy state of Queensland.

Emerging Milliner, Tracy Poblano Ceballos, was announced as winner of the Brisbane Fashion Month Millinery Competition. Read her exclusive interview with Fashion Weekly.
Tracy Poblano Ceballos winning creation from the Brisbane Fashion Month Creative Competition
Image credit: Photography: Connie Rose | Model: Emily Isabel | MUA: Velbella

What has been the biggest challenge you've faced as an emerging milliner?

TPC: I am still a university student, so going up against existing experienced Queensland designers was my challenge.

Who would be your dream client that you’d like to design for one day?

TPC: Megan Markle, Prince Harry’s beautiful girlfriend. I think she would suit my designs and I just love her because she is not only naturally stunning she is a humanitarian and she works as a women’s rights activist for the UN’s Women’s Political Participation and leadership programme. I find her to be inspirational and a good role model to women worldwide to believe in your worth and never give up in your beliefs. (I also have a crush on Prince Harry.)

When you’re not designing and creating, what do you like to get up to in your spare time?

TPC: Spending time with my children at the beach, watching documentaries, travelling and learning all about people from other lands.

What’s next for you?

TPC: I am currently at Billy Blue College of Design studying a Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design. Emerging in both Millinery and Fashion, exploring my passion to identify who I am and where I belong in the world of Fashion and Design.

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