From Alexa Erickson’s article for COOLS:
The portraits are an ode to early 20th century fashion photography and classic cinema. Rivera notes Vogue photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) as one of her many influences. And though Rivera is responsible for designing the images, ultimately, Lillis’ path toward liberation is clearly the tour de force.
“The work really gives permission for women to look at women and for men to look at men,” Rivera said, “and for people to be nothing or anything or everything.” Lillis notes that, in every single one of the photos, he is simply being himself.