A first look at Pirelli’s 2020 calendar reveals a Shakespearean theme dedicated to a certain tragic heroine.
The Pirelli Calendar, created by the Italian tyre maker of the same name in 1964, was once known for its glamour model-style portraits and would likely appear on a car mechanic’s garage wall. Forty seven editions later and The Cal™ (as the calendar is also referred to as) has grown up and leapt away from its original format into a snapshot of contemporary society and the perception of beauty in our times.
This year, the 2020 calendar surrounds a “Looking for Juliet” theme and was aptly shot in Paris and Verona — where the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet took place. Nine personalities from around the world were invited to sing, act and pose while embodying the love, strength, youth and of course, beauty, in one of Shakespeare’s most well-known female protagonists.
Lensed by legendary Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, the calendar captures some familiar faces including high-profile actresses Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart, Chinese pop star Chris Lee, along with British actresses Claire Foy and Mia Goth, American actresses Yara Shahidi and Indya Moore, Spanish singer Rosalía Vila Tobella, and Franco-Italian artist Stella Roversi — who also happens to be Roversi’s daughter — portraying the many facets of Juliet’s character.
The official backstage photographs, shot by Alessandro Scotti, were recently released and showcases the leading ladies in action. To get a behind-the-scenes look before the calendar launches in October, click through the gallery below.