MADE IN ITALY: The 2015 Pirelli Calender has been unveiled. Anna Ewers (left) and Gigi Hadidi are two of the models featured in the 12-photo calender. Check out the full image links in the story. Images: Steven Meisel
MILAN, Italy - The 2015 Pirelli Calendar was shown to the news media and collectors from around the world on November 18 2014 at Pirelli HangarBicocca, the company's contemporary-art space in Milan.
Milan, the tyre company explained, was chosen to show an iconic object with a "Made in Italy" label in the city that in 2015 will host the Expo Milano 2015 international exhibition.
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Steven Meisel, creator of this the 42nd edition of the calendar, is said to be one of the world's most successful fashion photographers. A Pirelli media release said: "In a five-day shoot in May 2014 in a New York studio Meisel brought the absolute centrality of women back to the Pirelli Calendar in its most classic format.
"Meisel brings us some of the key aesthetic models of our time - advertising icons, stars of the silver screen, the explicit rebelliousness of fashion."
Meisel said: "They are the stereotypes that the fashion and star system impose on us right now. I didn't want to make a conceptual calendar, or link it to some particular location, but rather to create 12 posters in which women, in all their sensuality, are the absolute protagonists of 12 very different images.
"Since I wanted to limit the use of clothes and accessories and since I had absolute creative freedom, I found it very exciting to play with the colours, the make-up, the materials. It was a very rewarding experience."
The 2015 calendar is titled Calendar Girls 2015 and the 12 women are top and emerging models: Americans Gigi Hadid, Candice Huffine, Carolyn Murphy (each appeared in the 1999 calendar by Herb Ritts) and Cameron Russell; Brazilians Isabeli Fontana (in Pirelli Calendars by Bruce Weber in 2003, Patrick Demarchelier in 2005, Peter Beard in 2009, Karl Lagerfeld in 2011, Mario Sorrenti in 2012, Steve McCurry in 2013), Adriana Lima (2005 calendar by Patrick Demarchelier, 2013 by Steve McCurry) and Raquel Zimmermann.
Then there are Karen Elson from England, Puerto Rican Joan Small (2012 calendar by Mario Sorrenti), Russians Natalia Vodianova (2003 calendar by Bruce Weber, 2004 by Nick Knight, 2006 by Mert and Marcus) and Sasha Luss and Anna Ewers from Germany.
The calender was published for the first time in 1964. The 42 have used 33 photographers of which nine have shot two editions each; 17 were shot in Europe, 11 in the United States, four in the Caribbean, five in Africa, three in Brazil and one in China.
Of those, 26 editions were in colour, nine in black and white and six in both.