Reuters went behind-the-scenes of the shoot.
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Karl Lagerfeld presented the 2011 Pirelli Calendar in Moscow on Tuesday -- this year's theme being "Mythology." According to a press release, the final package includes 36 photos total of 21 different "protagonists" -- 15 female models including Erin Wasson, Natasha Poly and Lara Stone, 5 male models including Lagerfeld muse Baptiste Giabiconi, and one Julianne Moore. Yes, that Julianne Moore (do you know another?), which is pretty awesome.
In an interview with writer Freédeéric Beigbeder, the Kaiser explained why he decided to focus on Greek and Roman mythology:
Because it's my favourite religion: one god for every occasion. I'm a polytheist: all present-day religions are recent, but I prefer this mythology, which does without hell, without sin (an obstacle to happiness), and without forgiveness. We need to return to the disciplined form of beauty of Antiquity. Simone Weil said that Jesus was a direct descendant of Prometheus -- which caused a scandal at the time. I love the goddesses, because they were the first emancipated women. They had a right to everything. The female divinities and the Muses are feminists!
He also talked about the photo shoot, which took place in his Paris studio:
I chose some friends for the shots - I only wanted women who felt at ease with me. I made a list of bodies I could show, as I refuse to undress anyone who doesn't agree! And there are no under-age girls! [....] My studio's aseptic: it's all work, and that's it. There's nothing shady about it. What I love about the Greek myths is they don't need fishnet stockings and lace to arouse themselves: it's just carnal, with no frills. High heel shoes and suspender belts...Helmut Newton's done all that better than me.
And as for Julianne:
I really did want an actress for the wife of Zeus and for the mother of the Olympian gods. Julianne's a beautiful woman - more matronly than the young girls under the olive trees. She's a very dear friend. She knew she wouldn't be running any risks with me -- there wouldn't be a parallel publication sold under the counter!
Take a look at some of the images from the calendar and check out last year's edition (NSFW at the link).