They will stay in bed for seven days – with fruit, flowers and peace signs. March 1969 Z02902-003 (Photo by WATFORD/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

Even if rabid Beatlemaniacs blamed John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono for the break-up of the Beatles, her mad imagination saw her transcend sartorial rules – and thus make headlines beyond the band’s supposed rift. A beatnik of the late fifties, Ono was a freewheeling renegade and her sense of style reflected this. When she married Beatles member and “Imagine” singer Lennon in March of 1969, Ono wore a tiered crepe mini, knee-high socks, plimsolls and a white sunhat.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, both dressed in white, with their marriage certificate after their wedding in Gibraltar, 20th March 1969. (Photo by Simpson/Express/Getty Images)

It was an event shrouded in controversy. The pair met and fell in love while Lennon was still married to his first wife Cynthia and so had to wait to be wed until after the divorce. Finally, they were married in a ten-minute ceremony at The British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. (Given their two different nationalities, they couldn’t be married as quickly if they were to have the ceremony in their first two choices – Paris and on board a ferry in France.)

After the ceremony, the couple travelled in a private jet to Amsterdam – Ono in a belted white coat and knee high boots – where they famously stayed in bed in the presidential suite in the Hilton Hotel for seven days. They ate fruit and hosted media interviews. The week-long bed-in was the couple’s call for peace.

Lennon and Ono had a son named Sean five years before the musician was fatally shot outside their home in New York City in 1980. Flash-forward to 2019 and a film Yesterday is about to release in cinemas – a movie about a world without the Beatles. Can you imagine?

Yesterday is in Australian cinemas on June 27. 



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