How ‘We Are Lady Parts’ Costumes Were an Avenue for Faith

“We Are Girl Parts” facilities on an all-woman Muslim punk band who are generating new music their way, making an viewers, and balancing their particular daily life on and off phase.

Costume designer Personal computer Williams intended just about every woman’s wardrobe to honor her romance with her faith even though also using costume to act as an avenue for cultural and self-expression.

The series, streaming on Peacock, follows 5 women— Amina (Anjana Vasan), the freshly recruited direct guitarist Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey), Lady Parts’ guide singer Ayesha, (Juliette Motamed) Woman Parts’ drummer Bisma (Faith Omole), the bass player, and Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse), the band’s manager.

“All of these ladies are 2nd-era migrants, like me I was born in the U.K., but my roots are from Nigeria and Ghana. When I was considering about these four girls, for me, it was about seriously striving to comprehend who they ended up culturally and marrying that with a London vibe,” Williams claims.

4 of the five band users dress in some variety of conventional Muslim head coverings. Williams introduced on many Muslim gals to her style and design team and undertook several hours of research to properly portray how type and religion function aspect by aspect.

“A head masking is a head covering, now how you do that is absolutely up to you and I wanted to exhibit that there’s no one particular way to do it. You can have range in a team of Muslim sisters,” Williams claims.

Williams broke down each individual rocker’s signature design.

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Computer Wiliams gave Amina pastel-colored hijabs.

Amina has her sights set on getting a existence partner and having her Ph.D. in microbiology. But, when she joins the band, her options transform. More than time she finds a new comfort amount in her id. Amina is generally identified in pastel-colored hijabs and nominal make-up.

“Amina was 1 of those figures where when you get started the job you have these a clear idea of what it is that you want to do. And then, as you get into the job, that plan retains twisting and turning. And I assume marrying her demure sensibility with this want, and sort of want, to break out of this mold and to lean into this new place that she was inhabiting, that felt terrific to her — that was like my biggest problem, how do I make, how do I make awesome costumes for a girl who enjoys A-line skirts and button-up blouses. And is now in a punk band.

“There’s the scene where by Girl Sections is executing a Dolly Parton track and Amina’s nevertheless got her A-line, significant-waisted skirt on, but she’s got this shirt with a horse print on it. And it’s the initial time we truly see her in darkish shades, and it’s her model of leaning into what it suggests to be punk, but it is even now truly sweet. It’s what she could be outside of what we generally see her in, which is pastels and seriously-embroidered two-piece sets.”


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Bisma’s outfits leaned into her heritage and costume designer Computer system Williams generally gave her West African-influenced turbans.

Bisma normally takes great pleasure in her heritage and normally athletics brilliant West African turbans and political t-shirts. She’s also the calmest member of the band. When she’s not in the band, Bisma spends time offering her art on her street stall.

“Bisma is Nigerian-British, she’s my sisters and me, and my cousins, and mother’s friends’ little ones — it’s a pleasure in African prints, but incorporating that in a way exactly where it feels modern-day and has a Western vibe, but you continue to keeping on to what’s true to your cultural identity.

“Her artwork performs a significant aspect in who she is. The inside style and design of her condominium is a great deal of upcycled, reclaimed furnishings and items. I preferred to convey that via to her wardrobe — about 90% of it is thrift store finds with autumnal shades, macramé, and anything that feels Afro-centric.

“We utilised a large amount of Omolola jewellery from a young Nigerian jeweler, and a whole lot of her jewellery is from around Africa or specific tribes in Nigeria employing symbols that indicate anything to Nigerian society.

“Bisma’s vibe is tremendous vintage. Every little thing needs to experience like it’s had 3 lives prior to coming to her, but when it hits her, it makes feeling.”


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Actress Juliette Motamed’s fashion performed a key component in Ayesha’s wardrobe.

Ayesha is the band’s drummer. She’s also an Uber driver with street rage. For her outfits, she’d activity sparkly Center Jap abayas and drapey headscarves with extraordinary eyeliner.

“Ayesha’s vibe is who Juliette is in actual lifetime. So somewhat than me building the outfits, I took additional of a curatorial solution to her design. I curated her wardrobe, and collaborating with her. I’d say, ‘Here, what do you think? What form of appears to be like would you make?’  So, we experienced an afternoon of just making an attempt every thing on.

“That to me, felt accurate to who she was simply because she would bring in a good deal of herself in the character. I assume sometimes when you are doing a character who is so stylized it can come to feel a bit compelled. I didn’t want that to transpire so she was a big component of coming up with what she wore — dim hues, anime prints, large metallic detailing, and slogan t-shirts from Aborigine manufacturers.”


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Laptop Williams intended four niqabs for Momtaz.

Momtaz is the core of the band. As the group’s manager, her objective is to convert them into a huge achievement.

“I needed to make absolutely sure that a female who wears a niqab could select up one of the niqabs we built and have on and truly feel like it healthy the intent. I didn’t want it to be like this weird vogue detail. Almost everything has to just sense normal. It could not feel like the exhibit was styled. I’m not heading to test and improve the niqab from what a niqab is what I want to do is just give you variants of this whilst however retaining it modest and fitting the function of becoming protected when also enabling our actress, Lucie, to come to feel that she was also bringing some thing amazing to the present. She has to commit these eight months included and I can think about that which is rather a big factor to take on, specifically when the women are coming out in look after appear. I believe Ayesha had 37 appears in the full demonstrate when we intended four niqabs for Momtaz.

“But it was genuinely critical to me that Lucie felt that some style, care, and consideration experienced been taken into her costumes, but that they nevertheless suit the intent.”