PHOTOGRAPHER AND FORMER MODEL PATTIE BOYD, WHO WAS FAMOUSLY MARRIED TO BOTH GEORGE HARRISON AND ERIC CLAPTON, HAS VISITED THE BEATLES STORY IN LIVERPOOL WHERE SHE UNVEILED TWO OF HER ICONIC OUTFITS THAT HAVE NOW GONE ON DISPLAY.
The outfits will form part of her exhibition ‘George, Eric and Me’, which runs at The Beatles Story until the end of October 2016.
One of the outfits, a jacket and short skirt, was made especially for Pattie by The Fool, while she bought the other outfit, a floaty Thea Porter dress, while in Italy on an Italian Vogue shoot in 1970.
Both outfits now join the exhibition, which features intimate portraits of the late Beatle George Harrison and Eric Clapton by the woman who shared both their lives. The fascinating collection also includes candid photographs of the musical icons and their rock’n’roll star friends such as The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.
Pattie was married to both George Harrison (from 1966 to 1977) and Eric Clapton (from 1979 to 1988).
She first met George Harrison during filming of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964 when she played a schoolgirl, but she was engaged to photographer Eric Swayne and initially declined Harrison’s offer of a date.
Just a few days later, the pair went out to a club, chaperoned by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and according to Pattie one of the first things George said to her was: “Will you marry me?”
George and Eric were close friends but during Pattie’s marriage to the Beatle, Eric, who found fame in the 1960s with his rock group Cream and also as a solo artist, fell in love with her.
During the late 1960s, George and Eric became close friends and began writing and recording songs together. By the early 1970s, Eric had written his album with Derek and the Dominoes, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, to proclaim his love for Pattie.
The model was also the inspiration for Eric Clapton’s classic Wonderful Tonight.
Pattie said: “The exhibition looks fabulous. Each picture tells a story and the whole collection really does give a glimpse into my life with George and my life with Eric. The exhibition also includes pictures that have never before been shown in the UK.
“I am delighted with the exhibition, which is complemented by the natural light that floods into the exhibition space at The Beatles Story. It’s been a real honour to show my work here and to add these two special outfits, which will be on display for the remainder of the exhibition.”
Martin King, of The Beatles Story, said: “It’s a huge honour to welcome Pattie to The Beatles Story. She has had an absolutely fascinating life and the ‘George, Eric and Me’ exhibition documents that beautifully.
“I would urge fans of the 60s and 70s era to come along to the exhibition. We are truly honoured that Pattie has chosen The Beatles Story as the first place in the UK to exhibit this collection and we are delighted to have her with us.
“These photos are more than just icons in a frame, they are incredibly intimate and heartfelt – perhaps some of the most moving and intriguing in all Beatles and musical lore.”
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