In celebration of the National Arts Month and the commemorative of the Battle for Manila anniversary, the City of Manila, through the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila and the Manila Clock Tower Museum, will launch a tour de force exhibit “WOVEN,” with sartorial imaginer Norman Peñaflorida as its headliner on February 3, 2024.
Sought after fashion designer and multi-hyphenate artist Norman Peñaflorida fascinates with a groundbreaking collection, “Nouveau Philippiniana: Kasuotan, Kultura, Kasaysayan,” as the main highlight of the “Woven” exhibit.
Known for pushing the boundaries of conventional Philippine fashion, Norman Peñaflorida intentionally and seamlessly intertwines the rich cultural strands of Philippine history and regional weaves with a contemporary twist.
Collaborating with visual artist Wiki Anecito, Norman Peñaflorida creates an exquisite collection showcasing Filipino heroes and iconic landmarks of Manila, among others, using fashion as a platform to promote the heritage of the Filipinos.
Peñaflorida’s journey began with the prestigious Gantimpala Theater Foundation, where he honed his creative proficiency as a production designer, stylist, stage manager, host, actor and singer. He was the event stylist, wardrobe master, and costume designer for several Metropolitan Theater productions. He was also the image and event stylist for the acclaimed online cultural magazine show, “Padayon: The NCCA Hour,” produced by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
His commitment to celebrating and showcasing Filipino talent and craftsmanship globally brings forth innovative concepts and designs that are vibrant narratives, paying homage to the Philippines’ rich culture.
Catch Norman Peñaflorida’s “Nouveau Philippiniana: Kasuotan, Kultura, Kasaysayan” at the WOVEN exhibit, opening on February 3 and running until April 31, 2024, at the Manila Clock Tower Museum, Manila City Hall.
The show also features the works of visual artist extraordinaire Jun Alfon and the indigenous accessory collection by Asia Pacific Luminaire Awardee Professor Carlito Camahalan Amalla, with special performances by Katutubong Diva Bayang Barrios and the Tanghalang Bagong Sibol Dance Group.