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The best snaps from behind the scenes at the Pirelli calendar gala

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The best snaps from behind the scenes at the Pirelli calendar gala

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sophialorencarmenkass Sophia Loren and Carmen Kass at the Pirelli gala dinner. Image courtesy of KassCarmen on Instagram

Forget shooting the current crop of boldfaced supes: This year's Pirelli calendar looked to the archives, by releasing a previously unpublished calendar shot in 1986 by famed fashion photog Helmut Newton. I got the chance to attend the calendar's roll out in Milan last week, which was, in a word, spectacular. The gala was hosted by Kevin Spacey, and famous attendees included Sophia Loren, Miuccia Prada and Isabella Rosselini.

Click through to see more shots from the Pirelli calendar's 50th anniversary gala... bestbehindthescenessnapsThe incredible event space where the Pirelli gala was held.  kevinspaceybehindthescenessnapsKevin Spacey hosted the festivities. Our favourite part? His surprise rendition of "Singing in the rain." Image courtesy of @srmanitou on Instagram

pirellibehind thescenesshotsThe cocktail area had a gallery of the best shots from the last 50 years of Pirelli. This image, shot by Terry Richardson, was one of my favourites.

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The best snaps from behind the scenes at the Pirelli calendar gala