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 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Bonus features include rarely and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes images of the shoots, the unpublished 1963 calendar, and a selection of "censored" images deemed too risqué by the editors of the time.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.
Born in 1949, Philippe Daverio is a writer, art dealer and art historian. Between 1993 and 1997, he was Head of Culture for the City of Milan, and is currently Director of the Museum of the Milan Duomo. He has inaugurated four modern art galleries, and written for a number of different publications including Vogue, People, Panorama, and Liberal. Since March 2008 he has also directed the magazine Art e Dossier. He leads courses in History of Design at the Politecnico di Milano and is Professor of Sociology of Art at the University of Palermo.
ISBN 978-3-8365-5175-5 Multilingual Edition: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
“…The book provides an incredible view of the mutability of the fashion landscape, and a powerful documentation of changing attitudes towards the female form. The collection serves as a point of reference for how society has weathered the continually oscillating landscape of the human form, sexuality and desire, and showcases the work the calendar has done to challenge convention and traverse boundaries.”
— The Gentleman’s Journal, London
“They took a humble garage calendar and magically turned it around into the most desirable object for the jet set, the glamour set,“ said Benedikt Taschen, of the publishing house, which is working with Pirelli on a book about the history of the calendars. “And it is the hottest ticket for any photographer working today.“
— The New York Times, New York
“… fun, stylish, occasionally verging on the scandalous but never overstepping into vulgarity.”
— Glass, London/Hong Kong
“Now, at last, you too can own a Pirelli calendar, or at least a lavish, weighty collection of all of them [in] Pirelli - The Calendar. 50 Years and More. To look at the calendars is to witness not only the obvious and the alluded-to, but also a fascinating view of the swiftly changing, wildly imagined landscape of fashion photography, and fashion itself (and yes, there are clothes—just not, you know, lots of them). This is after all, a calendar in every sense: both anticipating the future, and chronicling the passage of time.”
— Vogue.com, New York
“…nobody looks at the Pirelli Calendar to check the date… If you're reading this, you've most likely never owned a Pirelli Calendar for yourself, this is your chance to get your hands on ALL of them, and in one concise retrospective with some extras too.”
— i-D Magazine, London
“…Pirelli – The Calendar. 50 Years and More reunites every month of the calendars alongside behind-the-scenes images…car talk never felt so racy.”
— Details, New York
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