The release of the Pirelli Calendar each year is always exciting for fashion fans, although very few of them have likely seen one in the flesh. Since 1964, legendary photographers like Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber and Mario Sorrenti have captured the world's most famous models for the branded calendar, copies of which are strictly reserved for key clients and VIPs. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we've been able to see most of the shoots (at least in part) after they're released, but come August, readers will be able to actually purchase a Pirelli calendar of their own for the first time ever. Well, kind of.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic calendar, Taschen has published a book that contains a complete retrospective of the project. Not only is every edition reproduced inside the 576-page tome, it also includes never-before-seen images from the shoots and some rare "censored" photos that were considered too risqué by the editors and therefore never saw the light of day. The popular edition of the book (which retails for $69.99) is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship within the U.S. sometime in August. It's also being released as a Collector’s Edition in a limited print run of 1,000 that includes artist proofs, which, despite costing $2,000, is already sold out online. But can you really put a price on being able to browse through decades of naked supermodels shot by the world's best photographers in the comfort of your own home? We didn't think so.
Check out a preview of the book below.