The complete Pirelli Calendar retrospective
The notoriously exclusive Pirelli Calendar, featuring glamorous shots of beautiful women, was first published in 1964. Reserved for important clients and VIPs, the calendar has since grown into a legend of its own, showcasing the beauty of models and actresses such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Laetitia Casta, Cindy Crawford, Penélope Cruz, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Angela Lindvall, Sophia Loren, and Kate Moss.
Below: PIRELLI Calendar 1964 photographed by Robert Freeman
Below: PIRELLI Calendar 1965 photographed by Brian Duffy
Below: PIRELLI Calendar, 1969 by Harry Peccinotti
Below: PIRELLI Calendar, 1973 photographed by Brian Duffy & Allen Jones
Below: PIRELLI Calendar, 1985 photographed by Terence Donovan
In celebration of the calendar's 50th anniversary last year and with full access to its archive, the publisher TASCHEN has published this complete calendar retrospective this summer (2015), with photographs from the likes of Richard Avedon, Peter Beard, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Karl Lagerfeld, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, Sarah Moon, Helmut Newton, Mario Testino, and many more.
Bonus features in the book include rarely and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes images of the shoots, the unpublished 1963 calendar, and a selection of censored images deemed too risqué by the editors of the time.
Below: PIRELLI calendar, 1984 photographed by Uwe Ommer
*Pirelli - The Calendar. 50 Years And More by Philippe Daverio, Hardcover, 11.8 x 11.8 in, 576 pages, ISBN 978-3-8365-5175-5, available via Amazon and the Taschen website.
Below: PIRELLI Calendar 1999 photographed by Herb Ritts - our favourite as it is clearly in homage to early photographs of Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s
Continue Reading ›