Tim Walker’s all black Pirelli Calendar 2018
For the 45th edition of the Pirelli calendar, we see Tim Walker‘s Alice in Wonderland, shaping an all black cast of top models and celebrities under the watchful eyes of renowned stylist and Vogue Editor, Edward Enninful. With this high-calibre creative team which included set designer Shona Heath, it’s understandable that there would be no messing about installing an A-list cast to bring the Alice in Wonderland themed shoot to life. P Diddy, Naomi Campbell, RuPaul, Djimon Hounsou, Adwoa Aboah (she’s everywhere right now), Lil Yachty, Duckie Thot, Slick Woods and Thando Hopa complete the line-up of this modern take on Lewis Carroll’s tale.
If you cast your mind back a decade this shoot would be unimaginable for the style and expectation of what Pirelli Calendars once portrayed. Nude, white skin in 12 varieties kissed the pages of the iconic publication so it’s another confident foot forward in the recent shake up of Pirelli’s creative direction. Sex just isn’t working for fashion these days. The Tom Ford era of exposed skin and unimaginable bodies doesn’t sit well with the period of inclusion and diversity so this breath of fresh air is a welcomed addition. Honestly, over the past few years the Pirelli calendar is a very different product from the pin-ups that sent tingles through the 18-40yr old men it was design for… but hey, this is 2017 and the internet has surely effected the publication’s bottom line – so change is good and vital. Lets just hope that pushing the boundaries of expectation can be a permanent installation and not a gradual slip back to their g-string, sun-kissed beach settings or rubber tire jump-suits that started the whole platform. Also a big hope that the word inclusion gets to widen it’s arms to include other people of colour so that future Pirelli calendars have a healthy mix of all our races.
PS: Our personal favourite is Duckie, she’s bringing serious cool right now but how amazing is RuPaul as the Queen of Hearts!? xx Bravo Tim, Bravo Edward, Bravo Pirelli. This is 2018 (soon).
”Alice has been told so many times”, Tim Walker said, “and I think I wanted to go back to the genesis of the imagination behind Lewis Carroll so that you could tell it from the very beginning again. I wanted to find a different and original angle”.
“It is very important that the story of Alice be told to a new generation. Her adventure in Wonderland resonates with the world we live in today; obstacles we have to overcome and the idea of celebrating difference. Growing up in London I often lived in a fantasy world of fairy tales and detective novels. Alice was always one of my favourite characters. I always felt I was with her on the journey through Wonderland, and all of these extraordinary characters became my friends…well all but the scary Queen and her beheaders…To see a black Alice today means children of all races can embrace the idea of
diversity from a very young age and also acknowledge that beauty comes in all colours. Culturally we are living in a diverse world. Projects like this remarkable Pirelli Calendar demonstrate that there is still hope in what sometimes feels like an increasingly cynical reality” – Edward Eninnful.
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