Emma Watson, Claire Foy and Kristen Stewart are among the famous faces who have modelled for Pirelli’s 2020 calendar.
The annual calendar, compiled by the Italian tire company, sees 29-year-old Watson looking almost unrecognisable as William Shakespeare’s Juliet.
Dressed in a white headdress and a corset, the former ‘Harry Potter’ star takes on the role of ‘Romeo and Juliet’s’ heroine for the prestigious annual calendar.
‘The Crown’ actor Claire Foy is also featured, wearing an Elizabethan style headdress and gown in one of the images.
Actor Kristen Stewart, singers Chris Lee and Rosalía, artist Stella Roversi and actors Indya Moore and Yara Shahidi also star in the 47th edition of the calendar.
All of the women depict Juliet in different guises.
The calendar alternates between romantic, soft-focus shots of the subjects wearing Elizabethan style costume together with black and white, moodier shots of them wearing more contemporary dress.
Roversi said of his calendar: “I am still searching for my Juliet and I will be searching all my life. Because Juliet is a dream”.
This year photographer Paolo Roversi has shot the calendar.
For the first time, this year’s calendar is also accompanied by a short, 18-minute-long film.
The project “takes its cue from the Shakespearean drama and the intersection of love, strength, youth and beauty embodied by its female protagonist”, according to a statement by Pirelli.
The Pirelli calendar
The Pirelli calendar, also known as “The Cal”, is produced annually by its namesake Italian tyre company. It was created by British art director Derek Forsyth and has been produced annually since 1964.
It was originally based around clothed subjects but became a “glamour” calendar featuring tasteful nude images form the 80s onwards.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz was called upon to revise the 2016 calendar and shot her subjects almost entirely clothed.
The calendar has also been given a refresh in the wake of the MeToo movement, and became more about “telling stories”, in the words of Scottish photographer Albert Watson, who shot the 2019 calendar.