“Gender isn’t real,” says photographer Michael Bailey-Gates speaking earlier this year to T: The New York Times Style Magazine. “I want photography to support this fact. I want to challenge binary systems of thinking and overcome them.” Gender fluidity is a through line of Gates’s photography, whether profiled by T or expressed on the cover of the latest issue of SSAW for Autumn / Winter 2018-2019. Look carefully, reader, that is Jane Moseley standing atop a table, pulling up its cloth to reveal lovers coupling underneath. This otherworldly tableau is bewitching and undeniably alluring. The rigidity of gender binaries is made to look flimsy by comparison to Gates’s composition. Jane wearing Givenchy by Clare Waight Keller plays her part, in her words, “haunting your life, one shoot at a time.” Gender might be a construct, but this cover is about as real as real gets.

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Credits include: Publication, SSAW Autumn / Winter 2018-2019; Photography, Michael Bailey-Gates; Styling, Vittoria Cerciello; Hair, Rob Talty; Makeup, Natasha Severino.

Jane Moseley | SSAW Autumn / Winter 2018-2019 (Photography: Michael Bailey Gates)

Jane Moseley | SSAW Autumn / Winter 2018-2019 (Photography: Michael Bailey Gates)