Shot by Emma Summerton, the latest edition of the exclusive project is titled "Love Letters to the Muse."
Fashion, at its best, is art. This is a belief to which the Pirelli calendar has stayed true for the past 50 years: The famously exclusive and nearly-impossible-to-obtain project — which is produced by the Italian car tire company as a corporate gift for distinguished clients and VIPs — has historically combined the glamor of high fashion with the raciness of nude photography, in an elevated, pin-up poster kind of way. And its big reveal has become a highly-anticipated event in and of itself.
The 2023 Pirelli calendar, lensed by Australian-born photographer Emma Summerton, is titled "Love Letters to the Muse," and has quite the stacked crew (with set designer Viki Rutsch and costume director Amanda Harlech, who happens to be a former muse to John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld herself) and cast.
Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Ashley Graham, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss and more appear in this year's spread, each assigned a label based on their unique passions. Ratajkowski, the author of the essay collection "My Body," is named "the writer," while Kloss — whose scholarship program Kode with Klossy teaches young women how to code — is the "tech savant."
For Summerton, whose style is highly experimental, the Pirelli calendar represented a moment where she could abandon commercial constraints and instead focus completely on artistry through a whole body of work — a rare opportunity in a profit-oriented industry.
"I started thinking about a painter, music, film actress or book character that I loved," she says. "It became about creative women who inspire me, and then the whole idea fell onto the page."