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“Valera and TheModern” at the SDA Gallery of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde is the first major show on the first National Artist for Fashion Design since 2003. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
The life work of Ramon Valera, the man credited for modernizing the Filipino national dress, is the subject of an ongoing retrospective exhibit.
“Valera and The Modern” at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s School of Design and Arts Gallery is the first major show on the first National Artist for Fashion Design since 2003, and is set against Modernism, the prevailing movement in Philippine architecture and design in the postwar years, during which Valera’s career thrived.
The exhibit means to underscore how the “modernist tenets of pared-down volumes, function over form, and the liberation of the body” were reflected in Valera’s work, according to the show notes of architect Gerry Torres, the show’s curator and director of the Center for Campus Art.ADVERTISEMENT