2011 Pirelli Calendar: Greek Gods and Julianne Moore

Pirelli has revealed its famous calendar at a press event held in the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theater in Moscow. The renowned designer Karl Lagerfeld was asked by the Italian tire maker to create this year's edition of the sexy limited edition calendar which has turned into more of a fashion statement, dating back to 1964.

This year's exclusive calendar, called "Mythology", features 36 glamour photos, including artistic nudes, depicting Roman or Greek deities, heroes and myths. Starring in the photos are no less than 15 beautiful women, five male models and Lagerfeld's friend, actress Julianne Moore as Hera, the wife of Zeus. Having had complete creative control, Lagerfeld took all the photos in black and white, and made the models look almost like sculptures.

I wanted to do something different. I looked at all the other calendars,” he said, adding that his had a message "of timeless beauty and youth.” ... Lagerfeld described himself, slightly tongue in cheek, as “the visual version of [ancient Greek writer] Homer. I did with my camera what he did with his pen, although we understand that he probably didn't use a pen.

The calendar is famous for its limited availability because it is not sold and is only given as a corporate gift to a restricted number of important Pirelli customers and celebrity VIPs. The publication was discontinued after the 1974 issue, due to an expenses cut back in response to the world recession from the 1973 oil crisis. It was republished 10 years later and has been coming out regularly since then.
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