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The Ramon Valera Exhibit in CSB Is a Must-See for Fashion Enthusiasts

Explore the genius of the first Filipino national artist for fashion.
The Ramon Valera Exhibit in CSB Is a Must-See for Fashion Enthusiasts
IMAGE Andre Chang
Explore the genius of the first Filipino national artist for fashion.

The rich history of the Philippine terno will not be complete without Ramon Valera. Being the first Philippine National Artist for fashion design, Ramon is revered for his innovations for the traditional dress. He transformed the baro't saya into a one-piece, removed the panuelo (a long scarf) from it, and renewed fashion for women in his time. It is said that the Abra-born designer has also crafted the butterfly sleeves that the terno is characterized by today.

Known for his intricate attention to detail, Ramon was a designer as he was an artist. His marvelous construction, beading, and design aesthetic have had immense influence on generations of local talent, making him a true pillar of Philippine fashion. And now, we have a rare chance to peek at his genius in the flesh.

From today until October 14, the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde will be hosting Valera and the Modern, an exhibit that features some of the national artist's surviving work. It's truly a must-see for fashionphiles and history geeks alike. Keep scrolling to see why!

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"From a cultural and historical standpoint, [the exhibit] creates reference and understanding of who we are as a people," says designer Rajo Laurel. "What we wore then defines our culture as Filipinos. This is a must-see for young designers as it creates awareness and discussion about what is Filipino fashion."

According to the designer, Valera and the Modern successfully demonstrates the true skill and artistry of local craftsmen. He points out the incredible detailing in the pieces, most of which he says are difficult to achieve today. "It's very inspiring," he admits.

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"Ramon was one of the best in Philippine haute couture and there's so much to learn from his work," shares Preview's contributing fashion editor Andre Chang. "The craftsmanship of Philippine haute couture is impeccable. One must see it to understand how beautiful these garments are."

But the exhibit isn't just a feast for the eyes. Andre shares that there's so much more to learn about Ramon and his work for everyone who visits. "For one, I never knew Balenciaga wanted him to head one of his ateliers," he reveals.

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A standout piece in the displays was this dress, which Andre and Rajo consider to be the highlight of the entire exhibit. The embellished sleeves, created with obviously masterful beadwork, extends into a gorgeous 12-foot train. "The work of a true master of design," says Rajo.

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Upon visiting the exhibit, you'll also get a glimpse of the designer's sketches, and vintage captures of his elite clientele.

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"Ramon Valera is a Filipino National artist. The first for fashion," Rajo concludes. "For this alone we must take a look at what he has done."

The Valera and the Modern exhibit will be displayed at CSB's SDA Gallery from today until October 14. Admission is free, and gallery hours are from 10AM to 8PM. For inquiries, you may e-mail kreubenjulius.etcobanez@benilde.edu.ph and james.almera@benilde.edu.ph.

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