The Digital Temple of Synthetic Flora
The creation of the Digital Temple is a direct response to designing during the pandemic. This collection celebrates unique Australian flora through a fusion of print, hand-drawn illustrations, 3D animation and garment design. It is an immersive, future-focused approach to design that aligns seamlessly with pre-existing fashion practices.
Oscar Keene undertook their honours year in the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) at RMIT University in 2020, focusing on digital content creation due to the limitations imposed by the pandemic. Their practice explores queer materiality & the subversion of convention through fashion archetypes, having previously undertaken a degree in history at the University of Queensland, & the Associate Degree in Fashion & Design Technology at RMIT.
In 2020 their digital outfit opened the Melbourne Fashion Week Student Runway. They were a finalist for the Australian Fashion Foundation Award Scholarship and iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2021 for their collection ‘Fluid’. Their work has featured in Semi-Grad: The Showcase, Situation: Brunswick, and Wandering Room Gallery. In 2021 they had their digital & physical fashion content exhibited in MARS Gallery as part of Melbourne Fashion Festival, had their garments featured in a Revlon campaign, produced a digital runway for VFILES in New York, and featured in Vogue Australia’s September issue. They were the recipient of the Grathelms Scholarship from RMIT, & received the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grant to sustain the development of their digital fashion practice.