Ryan was photographed for D’SCENE Magazine in Milano, where he’s represented by I LOVE MODELS.
Ryan Barrett has spent almost one-third of his life as an image. As a top model, Barrett has lent his well-defined, masculine charm to luxury fashion labels including Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Vivienne Westwood. But this 27-year-old from Ipswich is a creative at heart.
“The main thing I was good at school was sports and art, and I fell in love with painting and drawing,” he says.
His love of crafts and art led him to Goldsmiths University in London, where he achieved a First Class Hons Degree in Fine Art Textiles. For the small town teenager, modelling was the last thing on his mind. “To be honest, I wasn’t really interested in modelling at all, but one of my art teachers at university had a daughter who modelled and she nagged me to go and do it, so I did”, he recalls. At 19, he signed with Models1 and has since traveled around the globe to feature in numerous fashion week shows and campaigns.
However, with little creative control in front of the lens, Barrett started pursuing behind-the-scenes work as a photographer. His most recent photographic work has appeared in Wonderland and Rollercoaster magazines, among others. Utilizing his textiles background, he has also recently started a fashion textile design company, Vooprint, supplying prints to global high street brands and department stores including Topshop, Zara and Macy’s.