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Spring/ Summer 2013


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The Ragged Bible


The Ragged Bible - Introduction


The Ragged Bible is a unique book that follows the creative journey of The Ragged Priest brand. From the eBay store where the company began in 2007, their designs have gone from strength to strength embracing new trends, creating one off pieces such as iconic studded jackets and discovering innovative fabrics. Focusing on men's and women’s clothing the design team from Southend-on-Sea continue to release new styles, forever changing yet always remaining… ‘Ragged’. Through five unique photo shoots styled and conducted in typical Ragged fashion this brand book boasts energy and inspiration providing an insight into the creative team and theirdynamic collections. Creative Director Jodie Morgan has designed one-off, conceptual graphics for the brand. Each piece has its own personal story portraying an individual graphic style with a unique concept relating to the brand. This publication also provides insight into new and promising talent with interviews from emerging industry creatives including include a photographer, graffiti artist, model, fashion writer and music producer. This books distinctive style is visible not only through the clothing range but through the brand identity which is incorporated into the innovative ideas from the contributors and collaborators of The Ragged Bible.

Art DIRECTOR

JODIE MORGAN The Ragged Bible - Introduction


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Jodie Morgan has been working with The Ragged Priest for the past season producing a brand book that introduces a new platform for the brand to promote their personalised clothing and attract a larger market.

Specialising in graphic layout and design, creative direction and concept design, Jodie has pushed boundaries with her creative skill on this project and her passion for working with talented individuals has enabled the book to become a spectrum of talents throughout. She has foreseen her concepts develop from initial ideas to inspiring outcomes which have been consistent in creative flare with a large focus on variety throughout.

Her distinctive graphic style has enabled her to create a brand book that has been personalised stylistically for The Ragged Priest and through intriguing look books, graphic imagery and industry interviews has created a fresh and unique product for the Ragged customer.

Jodie wishes to pursue a career in art direction whilst also specialising in graphics and styling. Gaining work experience in Urban Outfitters as a visual merchandiser has driven her passion to work in the fashion industry collaborating with other aspiring individuals.

JODIE MORGAN art director

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The Ragged Bible - Contributors


CONTRIBUTORS lucy macdonald makeup artist

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Freelance hair and makeup artist Lucy Macdonald has worked with Creative Director Jodie Morgan throughout The Ragged Bible and has produced looks that stylistically represent The Ragged Priest image and their brand identity.

LULU Mcardle

fashion photographer

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Freelance Fashion and Lifestyle Photographer Lulu McArdle specialises in promotional fashion imagery, model portfolio updates, look books, beauty, portraiture and high end fashion re-touching.

Lucy has invented innovative concepts in each photo story that incorporate her own and Jodie’s creative vision. Lucy has created fresh ‘Ragged’ faces of which she generated through inspiration from the 2013 S/S catwalks – these looks reinforce current trends but with a new twist. Each look has been personally and specifically adapted to each concept and photo story generated by the creative director.

Since graduating with a first class honors in Fashion Photography last year, Lulu has worked on a large number of exciting projects including working with Art Director Jodie Morgan for the past three months in producing four out of the five photo shoots for The Ragged Bible. Jodie was able to share her creative vision for the company and the brand book with Lulu and together they have produced imagery that signifies what The Ragged Priest is about, working over four concepts maintaining a fresh and ‘Ragged’ feel throughout. Lulu’s photography in the book exudes energy, attitude and creates intriguing moods. All of which have given the brand a new dimension and highlights Lulu’s exceptional talent as a fashion photographer. Her re-touching skills in the brand book have been to an outstanding and professional level throughout. Being a professional re-toucher is something that she wants to focus on in the future as well as continuing to work as a freelance photographer. Each photo shoot that Lulu worked on has given The Ragged Priest a unique dimension to their ethos. Together Lulu and Jodie have managed to visually engage with the ‘Ragged’ customer and create an exciting journey. Lulu has been an asset to the brand book and an exceptional collaborator, producing inspiring imagery in which the brand has flourished.

Lucy plans on moving to London where she will continue to focus her skills in catwalk and editorial makeup. She has already worked with some big names in the industry that have allowed her to gain exceptional work experience. She has been lucky enough to work on Matches fashion show as well as assisting Illamasqua’s Creative Director Spob O’Brien and freelance Makeup artist Lara Himpelmann. Lucy has proved vital to The Ragged Bible and has shown that with a creative mind comes an exceptional outcome. Her work in the book has given The Ragged Priest a new platform to attract and inspire a new breed of Ragged customers.

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Denni Harryman Grafitti ARTIST

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After seeing one of Denni’s larger pieces at a local sketch off last year Creative director Jodie Morgan got in contact with Denni to invite him to contribute to the Ragged Bible. Through creative brainstorm sessions and visual experimentation Denni has foreseen Jodie’s vision and created a piece that not only embodies his own artistic style but personally represents The Ragged Priest brand.

suzi kerlo NAIL ARTIST

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Suzi Kerlo is a makeup artist who focuses her skill in nail art, currently part of WAH nails in London. Suzi designed two sets for one of the five photo stories in the brand book. She specialises in creating nails that compliment a brand’s aesthetics, designer’s clothing or an individual’s tastes. For The Ragged Bible she was asked to come up with a unique set of designs - the creative director applauded all of which and two of which were used on one of the shoots. The nails added another dimension to the photo shoot and were exceptionally stylistic of The Ragged Priest’s brand identity. Suzi was been a pleasure to work with and has boasted a great skill that adapts to each client.


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Photoshoots Graphics

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Parallel Dimension Iridescent Glow Urban Lined A New Youth Small Flowers Crack Concrete

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Product Spotlight

The Ragged Jacket The Ragged Clothes The Ragged Jumper The Raged Clothes The Ragged Jogger The Ragged T-shirts Mother trucker The Ragged Jacket Ragged Clothes industry Interviews

Denni Harryman - Graffiti artist and Illustrator Laura Nicholls - Fashion Journalist Keith Vaz - Live performer and photographer Tara Edwards-Jones - Model Joseph Russell - Music Producer and Dj The Ragged Bible - Contents


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Hair & Makeup Lucy Macdondald Photography Lulu McArdle Concept & Styling Jodie Morgan


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The Ragged Jacket

Maiden Biker Jacket:White £220

Details: Biker Jacket with stud detail on each shoulder Material: Leather The White Maiden Jacket is a stand out statement for any owner. Not only will you be set apart from the crowd with this fresh white jacket, the customised studs are also sure to get you noticed! Pair this jacket with The ‘Bateman Joggers’ and ‘Titan Hoody’ for a more casual feel or dress it up with Timko Dress in black for a more sophisticated look.

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Ragged Clothes

Harley Biker Jacket: Black £195

Details: Biker Jacket with stud detail on each shoulder Material: Leather The Ragged Priest Harley jacket would be a staple piece in any wardrobe. Also available in white this iconic jacket and its hardwearing aesthetics will last you a wardrobe lifetime! Pair with some denim ‘Ragged shorts’ for a summer classic or dress it up with the new ‘Viviane Maxi Dress’. This unique jacket is wearable, durable and a fashion investment!

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Bateman Joggers: Black £45

Details: Biker Drawstring joggers with shredded detail Material: Cotton The Ragged Priest Bateman Joggers can account for any look or occasion. Wear casually in the day with a casual pair of trainers or for a more stylish yet grungy look team them with a pair of chunky platform boots and The Ragged Priest ‘White Maiden Jacket’. Our best selling joggers have customised and slashed in a true ragged manor- Will you dare?

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Denni Harryman A twenty-something illustrator with a penchant for urban regeneration, he is at the forefront of the battle against street art restrictions...


Tell me a little about what you do? I’ve been a freelance illustrator for about 5 years and specialise in editorial illustration, logo design and mural work. Can you fill me in on your artistic background? I’ve always drawn from a young age and first got into graffiti when I was about 15 or 16 and went on to get a degree in illustration, which educated me in contemporary and the history of illustration. My degree gave me the means in which to pursue my freelance illustration career. I practice art everyday and work best on my own. How have you established yourself as an artist? For a few years I’ve been an artist on an online collective website called Technicolor Moon that I’ve been offered work through. It is important to always network, send out your business cards and generally be approachable. Live art seems to lend itself well to further commissions as I’m able to interact with potential clients and the audience. I’ve always had a website that I regularly update: www.cargocollective.com/furfurdraws and practice street art whenever I can. What inspires you? I go through phases of liking different subjects and styles. I’ve had a long-standing interest in old horror comics, engravings, 80’s bike decals, American sports logos and space.

Tell me about some of your recent commissions and collaborations? Last year I was commissioned to produce some decorative work for a number of festivals including Secret Garden Party, BBC Hackney Weekender and Gottwood. I also took part in the street art event Upfest in Bristol, which is a really cool event that is put on by Bristol Council to celebrate street art and give artists the opportunity to paint in a public space. Through live art I’ve gained an understanding as to how I can adapt my work to suit a collaborating artist. It’s good when I’m taken out my comfort zone and collaborating with different artists allows me to explore different mediums and subjects that I wouldn’t necessarily choose in my personal work. I was also lucky enough to represent Bournemouth for the illustration event Secret Wars. I was given the opportunity to fly to Europe where I drew alongside 3 artists in a 90-minute live drawing competition. Each team had to create a live art piece that was relevant to their opponent. In one battle we were against Berlin and created a parody on the Hansel and Gretel fairytale. What city inspires you? London, Paris and Berlin. London has a strong British identity, which I find i nspiring. Paris and Berlin have a strong graffiti presence and thriving communities and it is interesting to see foreign art concepts and styles.

What do you see for the future of street art? The authorities no longer seem to condone street art and have tightened up on graffiti removal. It will become increasingly hard to produce graffiti with the constant use of CCTV, councils being less inclined to provide legal spots and so there are only a small few available - there could be a backlash because of this. I think it will always be a desire for street art in the public environment. It is a form of self-expression that has created a strong and extremely dimensional art scene. There will always be artists who want to push the boundaries and the mainstream perception of street art. What projects have you got lined up for the near future? This summer I’m planning to return on returning to Upfest to produce a collaborative wall with my collective. The opening of a new music venue called RoXX in Southampton has given me the opportunity to partake in designing and producing an interior scheme, which will take a couple weeks. I may also potentially be re-branding a British brewery. Where do you see yourself in five years? In California with my French Bulldog called Freddie still making work and pushing my clothing brand. (Hopefully)

Are there any particular artists, exhibitions that inspire you and your work? I’ve always liked artists who depict a good balance of both graphical and expressive elements in their work, artists like Antony Lister and Will Barras. I think graffiti has taught me a lot about the consideration of colour and composition in my work. Other artists who I admire are Francis Bacon and Basquiat. When I’m in London I always try to visit Stolen Space and Beach Gallery in Shoreditch.

Photography: Daniel Hayball Words Jodie Morgan

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Concept & Styling Jodie Morgan Photography Lulu McArdle Hair & Makeup Lucy Macdondald


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The Ragged Jumper

Vito Sweat: Black/White ÂŁ65

Details: Crew neck sweat with mesh sleeves and metal plate detail Material: Cotton The Vito Sweat not only comes in black but also with a customised white sleeve. The collections new metal plate detailing is already making a fashion impact and can be seen on jackets, dresses and this statement jumper. Wear with the Atlanta shorts or for a day to night look wear the vito sweat over a pair of black leather trousers for the all-important ragged feel!

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Ragged Clothes

Titan Hoody: Black ÂŁ65

Details: Zip-through mesh sweat with metal plate detail Material: Cotton The Titan hoody is a lightweight summer classic. Customised with our statement metal plates the titan hoody is for those looking for something a little more fun, exciting and of course ragged! The jacket also comes in white and would look great over a crop top or vest. The zip through hoody would also work well under one of our studded leather jackets.

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Atlanta Short: Black/White ÂŁ40

Details: Lined mesh shorts with elasticated waist and leather detail Material: Cotton The Atlanta short is that perfect summer staple. Designed in black or white these casual yet quirky shorts will go with just about everything.

Thrash Beanie Hat ÂŁ25

Details: Knitted beanie with branded metal plate Material: Acrylic The Thrash beanie hat is that perfect accessory for finishing off any ragged look! This hat comes in grey, burgundy and black and will go with any look whether you are adding a grungy feel and some warmth to your day wear or adding a quirky touch to your eveningwear.

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Laura Nicholls Fashion Writer, Blogger and Offline Editor of Sonar Magazine

Tell me a little about yourself and what you do? I like things that my mother doesn’t, honey in my coffee, lipstick that stains, stomping around in my creepers and gin. My mother and father have given me the name Laura Rose Nicholls - I like that I’m third-part flower. I’ve been on Earth for two decades and have somehow managed to make some magazines and get a degree. What projects are you currently involved in? Southampton Solent University’s student magazine SONAR headhunted me to become Offline Editor so have produced an issue for 2013 alongside two and a half other people. I am also in the midst of creating a writing fashion and culture magazine called DIRTY BLONDE and am sub-editor of a Southampton fashion magazine called OUTPUT. Tell me about your personal projects... My personal projects are never finished. I always give myself little tasks such as ‘find something that inspires you today’ or ‘look back at an article from a couple of years ago and review it’. They revolve around bettering myself so I can produce the best work I possibly can. I am always blogging and writing spontaneously when I see or hear something inspiring. I’m always looking out for projects I can get involved in and document the progress of the projects I missed out on. What projects have you got lined up for the near future? In May I’m interning at the London-based fashion label Story of Lola and may have something planned with JUKE magazine, which would be really cool. Other than that I’m travelling around Europe for a month in July. Escapism truly is a wonderful thing. Can you fill me in on your journalism background? I made a magazine with a couple of friends in Primary school called FAB that we sold at lunchtimes for 20p. I was 9. Since then I’ve had my work published in Gay Times magazine, Daily Echo newspaper and all the magazines I have had Editorial roles in – so only a slight improvement from my 9 year old magazine masterpiece.

What do you think are the key ingredients for succeeding in the fashion/journalism industry? Everybody seems to feel the need to be really outlandish and cocky in order to get noticed – but this isn’t the case. The nicer and more approachable you are the more people you can get to know and network with, for the majority of the time it actually doesn’t matter what you look like or what you wear. Be aware of what other people are doing but don’t let it affect your style and work – appreciate that everyone is different! Where do you see yourself in five years time? I’d love to create my own magazine – maybe I could carry on FAB…who knows! I think there is a lot of the world I have seen yet and feel the need to satisfy my pursuit for life. I’ve got a degree at 20 years old so I feel no rush to be getting comfortable with a career. What city inspires you? I was born and raised in London and have always had to be street wise and explored the city independently throughout my teenage years so I guess London is naturally my inspiration. It has many dimensions and nothing ever stays the same in London. Someone once told me that London is like a long-term relationship where the love is gone and now it’s just sex. What is your favorite meal? Christmas dinner. When everyone is together in those silly cracker hats and feeling equally as fat and drunk it is totally worth waiting the 364 days for. Through your experience in the fashion and journalism industries, what has been the most important thing you’ve learnt? Being independent and never doubting yourself. Some tasks can look intimidating on paper but if you believe in yourself and give it a go you may surprise yourself! I worked at Brighton Fashion Week last year and at first it seemed really hectic and I could’ve just sat in the corner not doing anything but I ended up doing allsorts of fantastic things that I would’ve never have been able to do if I didn’t tell myself I could.

Words Jodie Morgan

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Laura Nicholls: Personal Images


Photography Jodie Morgan Concept & Styling Jodie Morgan


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The Ragged Jogger

Ragged Priest Jogger: Grey / Black £55

Details: Ragged Priest joggers with leather and airtex detail Material: 90% Cotton, 5% Leather, 5% Polyester The Ragged Priest Men’s Joggers have an urban, laidback wearable look. With leather paneling and mesh detailing, set your self apart from the crowd with these distinctive designs. Pair with some casual trainers and a leather jacket or for a more casual look visit our website and see other items from the range which include jumpers and customized hoodies.

Swag Beanie £15 Details: Black swag beanie hat Material: 100% Acrylic The Swag beanie hat is that perfect accessory for finishing off any ragged look. Available in grey, burgundy and black this hat will go with any outfit.

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The Ragged Tshirts

Sark T-shirt £30

Details: Sark t-shirt with leather, airtex and pocket detail Material: 80% Cotton,10% Leather,10% Polyester The Sark T-shirt is a men’s wardrobe staple. With a two tone black design and leather panel detail, this t shirt can be worn casually in the day paired with The Ragged Joggers or for a more smarter look wear with jeans or tailored trousers.

Thorne T-shirt £40

Details: Thorne t-shirt with leather, airtex and stud detailing Material: 80% Cotton, 10% Leather, 10% Polyester The Thorne T-shit not only has the distinctive ragged leather and mesh paneling but this men’s T-shirt has also been customised with iconic studs to give that all-important ragged look.

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Keith Vaz: Personal Images

Music producer, live performer, videographer, artworker and copy writer...


Keith Vaz Tell me a little about what you do? I currently work for a selection of record and fashion industry labels as a music producer, creative artworker, videographer, photographer, copywriter, and live session musician. Arty things basically. What projects are you currently involved with? I produce music and release records under the pen-name ‘With Joyful Lips’, as well as creating album covers and press shots as an in-house designer for a few record labels. I am currently touring Europe and USA as part of the live show for band ‘Tropics’, and work as a videographer for commercial fashion labels such as ‘New Look’, to up-and-coming fashion collectives like ‘Man Up Girl!’. I also write soundtracks, journalistic articles, take photographs, and help with the copywriting-side behind select businesses. My calendar is crazy hectic; but it all seems to fit together in its own way, and it’s not really work when I enjoy it all so much anyway! As an artist you collaborate with a lot of your close friends, how does this influence your creative vision? Over the years, I have learnt to trust my creative gut and just go with what I believe is right – but outside of that I generally take on board the negative criticism from close friends, and the positive feedback from strangers. I figured good friends/colleagues give the harshest yet must trustworthy criticism, and when complete strangers take the time out of their schedule to write and say how much they like your work – it is surely a good sign of being on the right track! You work in a variety of media from music, film, and photography. Will you continue to work across a number of creative fields or do you wish to focus your future career on just one?

Either way – taking on different perspectives/skills in the media industry; even if you only work in one of them, makes delegating roles so much more efficient when you know how the other side works and what their specifications are in terms of time, technology, etc. In terms of working across a number of creative fields – I will definitely continue to do so, simply because the change of scenery, work, and people that it involves makes it such a unique process that I would be sad to miss! A lot of your work is commissioned or a collaboration. What is the best part of freelancing in this industry? As fun as it is - freelancing is a difficult one; a-lot of chasing people and jobs, and there is a certain industry momentum that you need to keep up with. It is fun work, but hard work. So the best part of freelancing in this industry? The best part is when it pays off, because the reward tastes so much better when you work all the more for it. What advice would you give to any graduate hoping to work in a creative industry? In my experience, the best part of studying at University is that you are surrounded by a mass of people of different talents and disciplines, and within that: there is going to be a few that are pretty darn good at what they do. Make the most of it: learn different trades, swap knowledge and skills, collaborate! I studied a Digital Music course at University, but managed to learn so much more from the creative hub I was surround in. My advice for graduates looking to work in a creative industry is: network away, expect to have to do some work for free until your portfolio is tip-top, and understand the business of the creative world: it is forever changing and you will need tactics, ideas, and confidence to counteract and work within that.

Being in the music industry has allowed you to travel all over the world, what has been the most exciting place that you have played? Hands down: travelling is my favourite part of the job. I love the flights, hotels, people, and food. To name a few highlights; Glastonbury Festival, Amsterdam, Rome, Bucharest, Lithuania, Berlin, Stockholm. But the most exciting place for me had to be Austin, Texas to play at SXSW Festival. The big food, friendly (but strange) people, and hot weather won me over instantly. What do you feel is your biggest achievement so far in your career? When people just get what you do. Whether it be in the form of awards for a campaign, an audience singing to your song at a show, or records selling-out. All my work is so personal and heart-felt, that when it finally goes public there is a huge sense of vulnerability – and if it is accepted by even one person, the way in which a complete stranger can relate to your storytelling is something I will always cherish. What are your plans for the near future and where do you see yourself in five years? Some exciting projects lined up for the near future; in the form of new music, tour dates, live sessions, and a video series to celebrate the opening launch night for a fashion collection. Planning ahead is tricky in an industry where everything will change in any given moment. It is all down to the luck of the right person seeing you work, or being at the right place at the right time. With that said – I believe in making your own luck: so for now the plan is to perfect and keep building upon new skills, whilst creating as much work and being in as many places as possible.

Words Jodie Morgan

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Concept & Styling Jodie Morgan

Photography Lulu McArdle

Hair & Makeup Lucy Macdondald


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Mother Trucker

Mother Trucker Snapback ÂŁ35

Details: Metal plated snapback cap Material: 100% Acrylic The mother Trucker Snapback is the ultimate summer accessory. The branded metal plate detail gives this trucker hat a striking look with an urban feel. The hat comes in white, black and even a customised tie-dye design. Wear with koji denim jacket for that laid back summer look.

Timko Dress ÂŁ55

Details: Mesh dress with zip fastening and metal plate detail Material: Cotton The Timko Dress is a gorgeous mesh design with eye catching plated detail. This unique design can be worn in the evening with a pair of chunky boots, or for a more casual look in the day pair with trainers or sandals.

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Edwards Jones

Aspiring model Tara reveals all about a promosing modeling career, performing arts and her latest shoot for Asos

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Tell me a little about yourself, what you do and your modeling career? Tara, 19, London. I’m currently on a gap year between swapping courses from TV production to performing arts!! I’ve always enjoyed performing and attended drama school from a young age eventually gaining scholarships and doing professional work like adverts and programs for CBBC. I had done some commercial modelling work like stills for textbooks and appeared on leaflets but I’d never really considered modeling until more recently. Adults would always say to me that I should model but I just didn’t feel it was ‘me’. However about two years ago now, I was asked to take part in a fashion show for Save The Children and designers from there liked me and used me in some of their fashion shows and so on, but I wasn’t really bothered as fashion shows didn’t hold my passion. It wasn’t untill I was spotted at Reading Festival by a couple of agencies and ASOS that I decided it would be a fun interesting way to gain some money and funky pictures. I modeled for ASOS.com for a while which was super fun and great money but I didn’t take up any of the agencies. However since then I’ve had a seven page spread in a magazine appeared in other magazines and covers of fashion papers, I’ve also helped out a few students and had a lot of fun along the way. I’m now hoping to put together a portfolio and pluck the courage to call back a few agents and also get back into acting!!

discovered I do enjoy modeling and am starting to eat healthy and keep fit so I can feel confident about joining an agency and then yes hopefully continue it the future.

Is modeling something that you wish to persue further in the future? I differently prefer acting but I have

Where do you see yourself in five years time? That’s a hard one (laughs). I’d love to

What do you feel is the best thing about modeling? The best thing about modlling is definitely getting some great pictures, but it’s also fun being pampered and trying on quirky clothing. It’s also great getting to meet all the team who can be really nice creative characters. Oh and the money Do you feel that modeling comes naturally or to yourself or do you see it as a job and a role that you have to adapt to for each client? There are different aspects. I mean some people just really can’t hack it and I think you just have relax and be confident because sometimes people try too hard and they end up looking stiff or awkward. But yes, you definitely have to adapt to each client but nobody wants to tell you what to do each shot you just have to go with it you can normally tell by the clothing whether you’re meant to look fun and flirty or seductive and serious. Is there any one specific that you look up to in the fashion industry? I don’t really have any fashion ideals but I used to love America’s Next Top Model so I guess Tyra Banks. And I love Cara and Poppy delevingne, they seem so crazy and down to earth!!

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have done a few films by then maybe released a CD and appeared on a few covers for well known magazines but in reality I think I’d be happy having seen the world a bit finished Uni and who knows as long as I’m happy and not in an office job!! What has been the most exciting fashion shoot you have been on? Every shoot offers different excitement, some are fun because the team are nuts, some because the crazy clothes or make-up. Fashion wise I’d have to say working for ASO.! Although it was in a studio not on set it was fun constantly changing outfit my favourite day was doing a Rhianna/Rita Ora shoot where I had to dress really urban and bring a load of attitude to the shoot, I was wearing Katy Eary T-shirts, they threw on some gold chains massive earnings, rings and some leather/ ripped leggings put me confront of the camera Rhianna tunes blaring out and just said ‘be Gangster’ pretty soon half of ASOS were gathered in the room to watch. It was a fun day. What advice would you give to anyone hoping to get into the fashion industry? I can’t talk for the fashion industry as a whole except to say network network network, but I think as long as you love what you do and actually try and get your foot in somewhere you can easily work your way up, there are no set rules, I mean it’s a creative industry as long as you believe in yourself and show them what you’ve got go for it because it’s the only way to get better!! Words Jodie Morgan


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Photography Lulu McArdle Concept & Styling Jodie Morgan Hair & Makeup Lucy Macdondald


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Maiden Biker Jacket/ White: £220 Bateman Joggers: £45

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Harley Biker Jacket/ Black: ÂŁ195


Harley Biker Jacket/ Black: ÂŁ195

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Maiden Biker Jacket/ White: ÂŁ220


Harley Biker Jacket/ Black: ÂŁ195


The Ragged Jacket

Harley Biker Jacket: Black £195

Details: Biker Jacket with stud detail on each shoulder Material: Leather The Ragged Priest Harley jacket provides the answer to the ideal biker. Also available in white, this iconic jacket will not only set you apart from the crowd but its hardwearing aesthetic will last you a lifetime. Pair with some denim ‘Ragged shorts’ for a summer classic or dress it up with the new ‘Viviane Maxi Dress’. This unique jacket is wearable, durable and a fashion investment.

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Maiden Biker Jacket:White £220

Details: Biker Jacket with stud detail on each shoulder Material: Leather The White Maiden Jacket is a stand out piece.With harsh white leather, zips and studs this jacket has it all. Pair with The ‘Bateman Joggers’ and ‘Titan Hoody’ for a more casual feel or dress it up with Timko Dress in black for a more sophisticated look.

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Bateman Joggers: Black £45

Details: Biker Drawstring joggers with shredded detail Material: Cotton The Ragged Priest Bateman Joggers can account for any look or occasion. Wear casually in the day with a comfy pair of trainers or for a more stylish yet grungy look style them with a pair of chunky platform boots and The Ragged Priest ‘White Maiden Jacket’. Our best selling joggers have customized and slashed in a true ragged manor- Will you dare?

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A dynamic mix of English and Italian blood, where passion & creation are the top ingredients for creating unpredictable music Tell me a little about what you do? I am currently in my second year of studying digital music at Southampton Solent university which consists of production techniques, theory and history of music. The course has allowed me to develop a broad range of musical skills and create music as a DJ, soundtracks for websites, films and adverts. What is your job outside of university? Outside of my degree I am a DJ specialising in house and techno music. Despite this I think that the boundaries of genres are pointless. As long as I like what I hear anything goes. I also have a big passion for vinyl - I think that in this growing digital age too many people are using technology as a convenience to make music. There are positive and negative sides to this and at the end of the day it is down to personal preference - it is important to consider all avenues. Personally, I prefer the way a vinyl sounds but by using different formats such as CD’s I am able to express myself through multiple devices. Tell me about your personal projects? As well as working on my own music I am a ‘secret collaborator’ of the record label ‘Early Sounds’ alongside Massimo Di Lena, Rio Padice and Leskin. The three artists started the label at the end of 2011 but after my release in April 2012 on the Netherlands label ‘Bio Rhythm’, I joined the collective with a ‘White Label, Hand-Stamped’ VA EP which included the four of us. Following this collaboration I continued to work with Massimo Di Lena and Rio Padice on two separate projects. The work I did with Rio Padice is to feature on his new album which is to be released soon on the ‘Early Sounds’ label. My work with Massimo Di Lena includes a large collection of music that has been written through intensive jam sessions over the last year. Through these sessions we have experimented with old school analogue drum machines and synthesizers.

JOSEPH RUSSELL Can you fill me in on your musical background? I started to become interested in music when I was about 15 - when I started to discover the clubbing scene in Italy. I never thought to become a DJ, I just enjoyed finding out about new music and the different genres. Listening to music in clubs only fuelled my interest in music; it created an experience for me as well as a passion. I started with really basic equipment and kept it as a past time. As I became more aware of what I really liked, it occurred to me that this could become a career, as I felt confident in pursuing my love for making music. I soon fully immersed myself with learning DJ production techniques and using equipment. Is it important for you to make music on your own or work as a collaboration? For me I think that it is really important to find yourself in music before you start collaborating with other people. If you do not know your own style you will not be able to work with someone else to create something new. I think it is important to know your own taste and what you like. From my personal experience collaborating has always been natural and spontaneous. I have never pushed the people I collaborate with to work with me, it has always just sort of happened, as we were both into the same music. As a result we were able to push the boundaries and generate something even more exciting as a partnership, not by simply combining the best of both but using each of our skills to elevate the final outcome.

What projects have you got lined up in the near future? My plan is to carry on working with ‘Early Sounds’ and collaborating with my friends to strengthen the collective. I wish to focus all of my energy on this and hopefully things will continue to move forward. I like to live in the moment and am currently very happy with what I am doing with music. Where do you see yourself in five years time? I haven’t really got a plan for the future I just wish to continue to prosper with my music. Music is so unpredictable and who knows what will be happening with the movement in five years time. I just like to live it day by day and enjoy the opportunities that life gives to me. What city inspires you? I feel that even though you associate certain genres to different cultures and countries of the world, I like to see things in a more general way. I think that the club culture in Berlin is stimulating and always alive no matter what time of the day or night. It is a place that allows you to express yourself in an environment where everyone appreciates the music. What is your favourite film? This is a difficult question for me, there are too many but my favourite directors are Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Roman Polanski. The best films I have seen have been produced by these directors.

Words Jodie Morgan

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Photography: Maddalena Petrosino, Rome, Feb 2011


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Art Work: Denni Harryman Southampton 2013

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The Ragged Bible

The Ragged Bible  

The Ragged Bible was created by Jodie Louise Morgan for her university FMP. The brand book consists of editorials, graphic work, industry in...

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