On November 18th 2004, at the Copacabana Fort in Rio de Janeiro, was revealed the world premiere of the Pirelli 2005 Calendar, the most exclusive world event for beauty lovers, fashion followers and photography connoisseurs.
Demarchelier has grasped and assimilated the spirit of Brazil: ‘O espirito do Brazil’ is in fact the title chosen for the backstage film and of Rio de Janeiro, a city dominated by strong contrasts, required a masterly use of light to express strong contrasts and obtain striking portraits, black and white only.
Quite the opposite of last year imaginative, highly coloured and almost hyper-technologic calendar signed by Nick Knight, the Cal 2005 goes back to the traditional technique of black and white photography that also characterised the calendars by Arthur Elgort (1990), Peter Lindberg (1996), Richard Avedon (1997), Bruce Weber (1998) and Herb Ritts (1999). As the art director, Douglas Lloyd, states, “every image is a graphic portrait, classic but at the same time modern, exalting the beauty of the female body”.
The black and white photographs investigate the most mysterious aspects of the models seeking out the invisible source of their allure: alongside the already mentioned Naomi Campbell (Victoria’s Secret, America’s Next Top Model) are Filippa Hamilton and Isabeli Fontana (already chosen by Bruce Weber for the 2003 edition), Adriana Lima (the current featured model for Victoria’s Secret and Maybeline cosmetics), Diana Dondoe, Erin Wasson, Euguenia Volodina, Julia Stegner, Liliane Ferrarezi, Marija Vujovic, Michelle Buswell, “Valentina” and Valeria Bohm.


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