From Jean Dykstra’s article for Photograph Magazine:
Rivera has a fashion photographer’s eye for staging and color, and both photographer and muse have spent significant time delving into the history of cinema and the creation of studio starlets. Rivera costumes Lillis carefully in styles that signify specific film icons of bygone eras. In one image, he rests against the side of a deep blue pool wearing red lipstick and a 1950s-era patterned bathing cap; another (winkingly titled Male Impersonator, 2015) recalls the iconic 1928 Alfred Eisenstaedt photo of Marlene Dietrich, as well as the history of vaudeville and theater signified by the velvet curtain. “I hope that my images become like Russian nesting dolls for viewers to unpack,” says Rivera.