David Bowie married Iman Abdulmajid at a private ceremony on 24 April 1992.
The wedding was a small affair, with just three other people present: an interpreter and two witnesses. The civil ceremony took place at the Hôtel de Ville – the City Hall – in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Bowie first met the supermodel Iman in Los Angeles in 1990, at the birthday party of a mutual friend, hair stylist Teddy Antolin.
David arrived in a white Mustang sports car, wearing white jeans and a white jacket, all denim.
Iman showed up in a black Mercedes wearing all black leather. And I thought, what could be more perfect.
The minute she walked in all the attention went to her, she just claimed the room. She had a big smile and her and David looked at each other and it was love at first sight, you could feel the electricity, something went off.
They spent the night talking to each other like they had known each other forever. They were looking at each other like, ‘Now what, shall we skip dessert and go home?’ There was no one else in their lives but those two from then on.
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Bowie later said that for him, it was love at first sight, and that “I was naming the children the night we met. I knew that she was for me; it was absolutely immediate. I just fell under her spell.”
He proposed to Iman just months later, but she reportedly turned him down until he had met her family. She eventually accepted after he proposed again on a yacht on the Adriatic Sea.
The wedding was so private that it remained unreported by the media until ten days later.
— Iman Abdulmajid (@The_Real_IMAN) April 24, 2017
The couple held a more public celebration in Florence, Italy, on 6 June 1992. The contrast couldn’t have been greater: it was attended by celebrities including Bono, Brian Eno and Yoko Ono, while the whole event was covered over 23 pages in Hello! magazine.
Also on this day...
- 1966: Live: David Bowie and the Buzz, Marquee Club, London
- 1965: Live: Davie Jones and the Manish Boys, Bletchley
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