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From Mick Jagger's sneakers to the abdicating king's jacket: the men who dictated how a boyfriend should dress (or not)


Highlights: Brides, especially celebrities, are usually the undisputed center of attention. However, there are some who, based on personality, eccentricity or pure old elegance of the cradle, have managed not to be eclipsed by the silks, veils and jewelry of their wives. We review some classic examples, including Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, Roman Polanski, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley. We also look at the bridal outfits of 13 bride and groom of the last century who made history at the altar.

We divert the focus to the bridal outfits of 13 bride and groom of the last century who, with their elegance, extravagance or daring made history at the altar

Brides, especially celebrities, are usually the undisputed center of attention. Recent controversies fueled in the society press – such as Tamara Falcó's dress at her wedding to Iñigo Onieva – prove it. However, there are some who, based on personality, eccentricity or pure old elegance of the cradle have managed not to be eclipsed by the silks, veils and jewelry of their wives. We review some classic examples.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton during their first wedding in Montreal, Canada. William Lovelace (Getty Images)

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, 1964

Richard Burton had in front of him Elizabeth Taylor, one of the biggest stars that Hollywood has given. They had met on the set of Cleopatra one morning when Richard's monumental hangover prevented him, because of the tremor, from raising the cup of coffee in his mouth. She brought it to her lips and thus began an affair that culminated in wedding in 1964. For him it was the second. For her, the fifth. The ceremony was intimate. Liz's flowery beauty rivals Burton's sober, relentless, dark-suit, white-shirted magnetism. The clash of egos and the excesses of alcohol would lead to a stormy and recidivist relationship, since after a divorce, they remarried in 1975.

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart cutting the cake. Hulton Archive (Getty Images)

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, 1945

The setting: Malabar, a 400-hectare farm in Ohio. Humphrey Bogart was not interested in the Hollywood hornet's nest. On the farm of his friend Bromfield, writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, he fed the cattle and walked. There he took refuge from his third wife, with whom he shared a hostile alcoholism and the habit of throwing objects and pieces of furniture. But Lauren Bacall had appeared. I was twenty years old when Howard Hawks' To Have or Not to Have was filmed. He was past forty-five. Lauren went to Malabar with her mother as a carbine. The carbine was of little use. They married on the farm in May. It was 1945, wartime, so the ceremony was simple. She overflows with youth. He is all attitude, and attitude is everything.

Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski newly married in 1968.Bettmann (Bettmann Archive)

Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, 1968

The end was tragic, the beginning strange. Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate met in 1966, in London, through producer Martin Ranshohoff, who pushed her career. On the first date Polanski did not speak to her, on the second she screamed when she saw him appear in a Frankenstein mask. They talked about LSD and the abuse she had suffered as a teenager. They married after the filming of the horror comedy The Dance of the Vampires. He was aware that he could not compete with her beauty, which radiated with special intensity on her wedding day, so he kept the costumes of the film: jacket and silk scarf around his neck. He presented himself as the eccentric genius who appropriated the beautiful Sharon. And so he did. She showed submission to his constant adventures and agreed to participate in threesomes with women he randomly chose. It is likely that the relationship would not have gone very far. We'll never know. A year after the wedding, Tate was murdered by Charles Manson's followers at her home in California.

Elvis Presley and Priscilla in 1967.Michael Ochs Archives (Getty Images)

Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, 1967

A rock star is not part-time. Elvis Presley invented the concept. At his wedding it did not go unnoticed. He met Priscilla at an American military base when she was 14. His parents were suspicious. He was ten years older than her and was credited with an affair with Natalie Wood. But they were practical and allowed their daughter to go live with Presley's parents in Memphis. She soon moved with him to Graceland, although she always claimed that there was no sex in their relationship until marriage, in 1967. Then she had turned 21. The ceremony, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, was intimate. Frank Sinatra lent them his private plane to transport the family. He, exultant, wears a silk brocade tuxedo designed by MGM tailor Lambert Marks and cowboy boots. After the wedding, a champagne breakfast was offered for the 100 guests.

The Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson.Bettmann (Bettmann Archive)

David Windsor and Wallis Simpson, 1936

Elegance often arises on the margins, in those who could not become, in dethroned princes or kings. Thus David, who became Edward VIII, abdicated for not renouncing Wallis Simpson, American and doubly divorced. David, his first name, had distinguished himself by his style, his affable treatment and a worrying disinterest in studies. His father, George V, said: "When I die, the boy will ruin his life in 12 months." And so it was, if we understand that giving up a crown means throwing a life overboard. They married after the abdication, in 1936, in the castle of Cande, in France. His brother, King George VI, banned members of the royal family from attending the ceremony. The Duke of Windsor raised the jacket to perfection. Striped pants, black and white checkered tie, and a white carnation on the lapel. Wallis opted for a pale blue dress. Cecil Beaton photographed them among bouquets of peonies. After refreshments, they went on their honeymoon in Austria with 226 pieces of luggage.

Kennedy-Bouvier wedding scene in 1953 in Newport.Bachrach (Getty Images)

John F. Kennedy and Jackie Bouvier, 1953

Another of the memorable pages of the manual How to wear a jacket was illustrated 17 years later, in 1953, on the other side of the Atlantic. There, two offspring of the East Coast oligarchy, Jackie Lee Bouvier and John F. Kennedy, were married in Newport, Rhode Island. American society was persistently searching for myths to cling to, and perhaps this wedding came closer than any other to their concept of royalty. Months before the link, Life magazine published a report in which both appeared aboard a sailboat, which was titled: The Senator's Courtship. 900 guests attended. Jackie wore ivory silk and John a model very similar to that worn by the Duke of Windsor, including the white carnation. But, beyond the textile is the gesture, the way of walking, the look.

Grace Kelly and Rainier of Monaco marry in 1956.Keystone-France (Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly, 1956

Two years later, a Hollywood actress born into a family of Philadelphia industrialists stopped by at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the film The Anguish of Living. The episode that Grace Kelly lived those days could not be further from the title of this feature film. In a photo shoot at the palace of the princes of Monaco he met Rainier III, who showed him the rooms of the residence, including a private zoo. After the first meeting, events precipitated. The prince had ascended the throne six years before the wedding. Monaco was then close to bankruptcy, as its main source of income, the casino, had seen its activity significantly reduced after the war. Rainier set out to transform his sovereign state into a profitable business, and one of the elements was the marriage to a famous Hollywood star. The ceremony was broadcast by MGM and reached 30 million homes. The prince wears the decorations and orders that correspond to him as head of his dynasty. Her figure, with the complement of the saber, does not detract from the delicate dress of the newly enthroned princess.

Mick Jagger and his wife Bianca Jagger during their wedding in St. Tropez.Express (Getty Images)

Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger, 1971

If we had to choose the most aesthetic, iconic and photogenic wedding of the seventies, this would undoubtedly be that of Mick and Bianca Jagger in Saint Tropez. They met a few months earlier at a party after one of the Rolling Stones' concerts in Paris. Bianca, a model of Nicaraguan origin, reinvented the wedding dress: jacket, satin skirt and great pamela. Mick opted for a light suit, flowered shirt and sneakers. Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Ringo Star, Elton John and Brigitte Bardot attended the wedding. After the ceremony, champagne and caviar were offered at the legendary Byblos Hotel, where, of course, Mick sang with his band.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their wedding in Gibraltar.Bettmann (Bettmann Archive)

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono starred in one of the most eccentric weddings in the pop world. Determined to marry, they set out to cross the English Channel to marry in France, but were unable to board the ferry due to irregularities in their passports. After flying to Paris they discovered that two weeks of residence were required to get married. Frustrated by the setbacks, they thought of Gibraltar. According to John, it was a quiet, British and friendly place, as good a place to get married as any other. They came to the consulate dressed in white, Ono wearing Superga sneakers, sunglasses that she did not remove throughout the ceremony and a hat. Lennon, with his circular glasses, did not deviate from his usual style. Seventy minutes after the link they had left the "horrible Gibraltar", "the rock at the end of the world", in Yoko Ono's opinion, for Paris. Six days later, when they stopped in Amsterdam on their honeymoon, in the face of the worrying news of the Vietnam War, they decided to stay in the bed of the presidential suite of the Hilton hotel for five days. "People should stop fighting and stay in bed," he said.

Stevie Wonder hugs his wife Syreeta Wright.Bettmann (Bettmann Archive)

Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright, 1971

Stevie Wonder, at his wedding to Syreeta Wright, singer of the Motown label, wore a striking white tuxedo jacket brocaded with black lapels. The brilliant blind musician was 20 years old, but he had already made the wide glasses his hallmark. His smile in front of the monumental cake leaves no doubt about the euphoria of the moment.

Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky on the cover of People, photographed by Herb Ritts, in 1991.People / Herb Ritts

Elizabeth Taylor, but Larry Fortensky, 1991

It is difficult to compete with Elizabeth Taylor, but Larry Fortensky, her eighth husband, managed to wrest a few moments of glory from her. They had met in 1998 at the Betty Ford clinic. She was there because of her addiction to anxiolytics, and he wanted to overcome his bond with beer. Larry, who was a construction worker, said his face looked familiar, but he hadn't seen any of his movies. He was 20 years younger than her, but insisted that the star spirit was tireless. They married at Neverland, Michael Jackson's ranch. Larry's curly blonde hair and restrained gaze marked a sincere counterpoint to Taylor's expansive attitude.

Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish at their wedding in 2005.ODD ANDERSEN (AFP via Getty Images)

Elton John and David Furnish, 2005

And, arrived in the XXI century, one of the most followed and persecuted weddings has been that of Elton John and David Furnish. In ceremonies between two men the duplication of the bride and groom makes it inevitable that it is one of the two who assumes the role. In this case it was the singer who set the tone with a white tie and purple glasses. The couple had joined in a civil ceremony in 2005 and celebrated the marriage 9 years later at the Windsor Guildhall, the same place that the then Prince of Wales and Camilla chose to marry.

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