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

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

Costume designer Computer Williams developed every woman’s wardrobe to honor her relationship with her religion when also making use of costume to act as an avenue for cultural and self-expression.

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

“All of these ladies are second-generation 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 women, for me, it was about seriously attempting to comprehend who they have been culturally and marrying that with a London vibe,” Williams says.

Four of the five band members use some variety of common Muslim head coverings. Williams brought on various Muslim women of all ages to her structure staff and undertook several hours of study to precisely portray how fashion and religion run facet by facet.

“A head covering is a head masking, now how you do that is absolutely up to you and I desired to demonstrate that there is no a single way to do it. You can have variety in a team of Muslim sisters,” Williams claims.

Williams broke down every rocker’s signature model.


Pc Wiliams gave Amina pastel-coloured hijabs.

Amina has her sights established on discovering a life associate and receiving her Ph.D. in microbiology. But, when she joins the band, her plans change. Above time she finds a new convenience level in her id. Amina is normally uncovered in pastel-coloured hijabs and small make-up.

“Amina was 1 of individuals characters exactly where when you start the challenge you have such a apparent concept of what it is that you want to do. And then, as you get into the task, that thought keeps twisting and turning. And I imagine marrying her demure sensibility with this want, and form of need to have, to crack out of this mould and to lean into this new area that she was inhabiting, that felt excellent to her — that was like my most important challenge, how do I make, how do I make interesting costumes for a female who loves A-line skirts and button-up blouses. And is now in a punk band.

“There’s the scene where by Lady Pieces is executing a Dolly Parton song and Amina’s however obtained her A-line, high-waisted skirt on, but she’s acquired this shirt with a horse print on it. And it is the to start with time we definitely see her in darkish colours, and it is her edition of leaning into what it means to be punk, but it’s even now definitely sweet. It is what she could be outside of what we generally see her in, which is pastels and intensely-embroidered two-piece sets.”


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Bisma’s outfits leaned into her heritage and costume designer Computer Williams typically gave her West African-affected turbans.

Bisma can take fantastic satisfaction in her heritage and typically athletics bright 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 promoting her art on her avenue stall.

“Bisma is Nigerian-British, she’s my sisters and me, and my cousins, and mother’s friends’ young children — it is a pride in African prints, but incorporating that in a way where by it feels present day and has a Western vibe, but you even now holding on to what is genuine to your cultural identification.

“Her artwork performs a major portion in who she is. The interior structure of her apartment is a whole lot of upcycled, reclaimed furnishings and parts. I desired to convey that through to her wardrobe — about 90% of it is thrift shop finds with autumnal shades, macramé, and anything that feels Afro-centric.

“We utilized a large amount of Omolola jewelry from a younger Nigerian jeweler, and a good deal of her jewellery is from about Africa or particular tribes in Nigeria using symbols that imply a thing to Nigerian culture.

“Bisma’s vibe is tremendous vintage. Almost everything wants to sense like it is had three lives before coming to her, but when it hits her, it tends to make feeling.”


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Actress Juliette Motamed’s fashion performed a essential element in Ayesha’s wardrobe.

Ayesha is the band’s drummer. She’s also an Uber driver with road rage. For her outfits, she’d sport sparkly Middle Japanese abayas and drapey headscarves with spectacular eyeliner.

“Ayesha’s vibe is who Juliette is in actual lifetime. So instead than me coming up with the outfits, I took more of a curatorial solution to her design. I curated her wardrobe, and collaborating with her. I’d say, ‘Here, what do you consider? What sort of seems would you make?’  So, we experienced an afternoon of just striving anything on.

“That to me, felt genuine to who she was simply because she would bring in a great deal of herself in the character. I assume in some cases when you are carrying out a character who is so stylized it can sense a little bit pressured. I didn’t want that to occur so she was a huge aspect of coming up with what she wore — darkish shades, anime prints, significant metallic detailing, and slogan t-shirts from Aborigine brand names.”


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Personal computer Williams created 4 niqabs for Momtaz.

Momtaz is the main of the band. As the group’s supervisor, her goal is to change them into a massive results.

“I desired to make certain that a girl who wears a niqab could choose up 1 of the niqabs we made and have on and experience like it fit the intent. I did not want it to be like this weird style point. Every little thing has to just come to feel all-natural. It could not come to feel like the display was styled. I’m not heading to consider and transform the niqab from what a niqab is what I want to do is just give you variants of this although continue to keeping it modest and fitting the reason of being covered although also permitting our actress, Lucie, to really feel that she was also bringing a thing great to the display. She has to invest these eight weeks coated and I can consider that which is fairly a large factor to get on, specifically when the women are coming out in glance immediately after appear. I imagine Ayesha had 37 appears in the entire show although we intended 4 niqabs for Momtaz.

“But it was truly crucial to me that Lucie felt that some design and style, care, and thing to consider experienced been taken into her costumes, but that they still match the reason.”