Pattie Boyd: George Harrison's Wife And Clapton's 'Layla,' Then And Now

By | March 17, 2021

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Left: Beatle George Harrison and Patti Boyd on their wedding day, January 20, 1966. Right: 'La Fille au Bouquet,' a painting by Frandsen de Schomberg that reminded Eric Clapton of Boyd. Sources: Photo by Aubrey Hart/Evening Standard/Getty Images; Wikimedi

You know Pattie Boyd from Eric Clapton’s lyrics “Layla, you got me on my knees,” and George Harrison’s “Something in the way she moves.” She was an inspiration to both artists; they were madly in love with her, which was a problem since she was already married to Harrison. Boyd is known for her role in classic rock's most famous love triangle, but she was also prominent, in London, at least, as a fashion model. (Rock stars with models -- go figure, right?) Pattie Boys (and her sister Jenny) embodied the sought-after Swinging London look, with a place alongside Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy as an icon of the mod scene.

You Could Get Your Hair Washed By Pattie Boyd

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Boyd was born on March 17th, 1944 in Taunton, Somerset, England, and moved to London after graduating school in 1961. While working as a shampoo girl at Elizabeth Arden Salon, a magazine staffer from the publication Honey came in and encouraged her to give modeling a try because she had the right look. Boyd was convinced, and began modeling for Honey in 1962, which led her to working with other top fashion magazines including Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Elle. In short order she went from appearing within the magazines to gracing the covers of these top publications as well. Boyd’s fashion sense, consisting of bright colors and miniskirts, was part of a new ‘60s style that rebelled against the modest, long dresses of the '50s. Along with Boyd’s influence, a youthful and playful style was becoming the norm in London.