50 years of the Pirelli Calendar

Photo: DAL CALENDARIO PIRELLI, 2005 DI PATRICK DEMARCHELIER 

A photographic look a how the Pirelli Calendar has changed over the last 50 years, and some of the famous faces that have been shot for the iconic series 

The notoriously exclusive Pirelli Calendar, featuring glamorous shots of beautiful women, was first published in 1964.

The 576 page book was compiled by Philippe Daverio

Reserved for important clients and VIPs, the calendar has since grown into a legend of its own, showcasing the beauty of models 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.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the now-legendary institution that is the Pirelli Calendar, TASCHEN brings you a retrospective volume reproducing the complete calendars, photographed by Richard Avedon, Peter Beard, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Karl Lagerfeld, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, Sarah Moon, Uwe Ommer, Terry Richardson, Herb Ritts, Mario Sorrenti, Bert Stern, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, and many more.

Bonus features include rarely and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes images of the shoots, the unpublished 1963 calendar, and a selection of “censored” images deemed too risqué by the editors of the time. With an introduction by Philippe Daverio and an interview with art directors Derek Forsyth and Martyn Walsh.

Here’s a look at how the calender has changed over the years. 

50 years of Pirelli

The Early Days: Jeanette Harding in front of the lens for Brian Duffy 

© Dal Calendario PIRELLI, 1965 di Brian Duffy

Lucky Loser: Two calendars were commisioned in 1986, with Pirelli opting to print Bert Stern’s photos ahead of Helmut Newton, who captured these supermodels in Monte Carlo. His photos did eventually make it into the calendar, 28 years later in 2014…     

© Dal Calendario PIRELLI, 1986/2014 di Helmut Newton

© Dal Calendario PIRELLI, 2002 di Peter Lindbergh

50 years of Pirelli

Brave New World: For the 2014 calendar Pirelli delved into new territory, hiring famous war photographer Steve McCurry to photograph models with their clothes on 

© Dal Calendario PIRELLI, 2013 di Steve McCurry

50 years of Pirelli

On Your Bike: German model Anna Ewers by Steven Meisel for the 2015 calendar 

© Dal Calendario PIRELLI, 2015 di Steven Meisel

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