Imagine having not one but three love songs written for you… 1960s model and style icon Pattie Boyd moved more than one man to song; George Harrison (Pattie's first husband) wrote The Beatles' 'Something' for her, while she inspired Eric Clapton's 'Layla' and 'Wonderful Tonight'. Now a photographer and author, Pattie was recently in Sydney to open a solo exhibition at Paddington's Blender Gallery; George Harrison, Eric Claption and Me: The Photographs of Pattie Boyd. Here she talks to us exclusively about her work - and that incredible era in style, fashion and music.

ON HER 1960S SELFIE -

“I was sitting on the edge of my bed in my new flat on the Thames. Getting ready to go out for dinner I had dried my hair and half-dressed, I thought I would pull on a hat cross my legs and try a sexy pose. The skirt is still on the bed and shoes and hairbrush on the floor. This was not a styled shot…just for fun for me, never thinking anyone else would see it. !!!!!!”

ON HER SIGNATURE LOOK -

“I loved experimenting with make-up but what worked best for me was eyeliner turning slightly up after the eyelashes ended, and sometime on the inside rim of my eyes.”

“Sad to say I was rather insecure and therefore I believed make-up was a great mask. A natural look is wonderful for girls with confidence.”

ON HER EARLY INSPIRATION AS A PHOTOGRAPHER -

“I worked with many photographers I can’t remember but I do remember David Bailey, Donovan, Duffy, Peter Rand, Justin de Villeneuve, Jean Loupe Sief, Eric Swayne, Barry Latigan, John French, and Norman Parkinson. I would say Bailey inspired me to buy and learn how to take photographs. I later went to school.”

ON '60S & '70S FASHION -

“I loved the youthful look that fashion designers were creating; it felt so natural although at first, people were quite alarmed at the short dresses which we, as models, loved. I especially loved what Ossie Clarke did: occasionally short, then maxi length plus lovely jackets with a peplum. The fabrics were designed by his wife Celia Birtwell. What a team!!!”

ON WHETHER SHE STILL HAS THOSE (AMAZING) CLOTHES -

“ I lost many clothes by lending them and moving several times but I do have a couple of Thea Porter caftans (from that time) because they are timeless and wonderful to take on holiday.”

ON HOW SHE FOUND MEDITATION -

“In the early 60s I saw an advertisement in The Sunday Times for classes in Transcendental Meditation. George was on tour with The Beatles so I called a girlfriend to join me. We took classes and were then initiated, given a mantra. When George returned I told him about it and a week later, Paul (McCartney) phoned to say the Maharishi was coming to London to give a talk and did we want to come along? Of course!!!! I do still meditate but not as often as I want to.”

ON (FAMOUSLY) STAYING FRIENDS WITH HER EXES -

“I don’t know...it’s different for everyone. I do like to keep my friends even if they have funny foibles. I still feel like a part of The Beatles family, so naturally George and I remained friends.”

ON HER VERY FIRST EXHIBITION AS A PHOTOGRAPHER -

“San Francisco was where I had my first exhibition. I remember the excitement, trepidation and anxiety of showing my work...was it too intimate???”

ON WHAT'S NEXT FOR PATTIE BOYD -

“ At last I have a publisher to work with showing my photographs...a sort of life in photos. The book should be out next October.”

Images by & courtesy of Pattie Boyd.

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