Pirelli unveiled the official images of its 2019 calendar, entitled “Dreaming,” on Wednesday in Milan. Shot by renowned Scottish photographer Albert Watson, this year’s calendar boasts a total of 40 color and black-and-white photos starring Gigi Hadid with Alexander Wang (it’s worth noting that he’s the first designer to appear in the calendar), Julia Garner, Misty Copeland with Calvin Royal III, and Laetitia Casta alongside Sergei Polunin.
Photographed over a course of 10 days on location in Miami and New York last April, this year’s edition of the annual calendar tells the fictional story of four women who are either on the road to achieving success or are grappling with the subsequent consequences of success.
The storyline developed by Watson for the part-Palestinian model sees her take on the role of a reclusive superstar seeking refuge in her plush Manhattan penthouse, with Wang as her trusted companion. The images were photographed at the Carlyle Hotel in New York. Meanwhile, Garner acts as a photographer, who only takes pictures of plants; Casta plays the role of a painter; and Copeland plays a dancer who dreams of fame.
Hadid certainly looked her role of superstar at Wednesday’s calendar launch, wearing a black, fairytale gown. The sculptural Zac Posen creation featured a ruffled neckline and a train, while the 23-year-old model accessorized the look with diamond jewelry and a pair of black, bow-laden pumps.
It isn’t Hadid’s first time modeling for the iconic calendar. The 22-year-old model represented the month of November in the 2015 edition of the annual calendar, which was photographed by Steven Meisel. The then-19-year-old told Bloomberg, “It’s different because it’s not fashion, which is kind of interesting. It’s its own realm. That’s why it’s cool.” Hadid explained that her experience with Pirelli wasn’t comparable to other high-profile jobs—like posing for Sports Illustrated or Victoria’s Secret—because “it’s not the cover of a fashion magazine, and it’s not a fashion campaign. And it’s not an editorial, because, frankly, it doesn’t really matter if you’re wearing something from the costume store or you’re wearing something that is high fashion. It’s just making iconic images.”