How ‘We Are Lady Parts’ Costumes Were an Avenue for Faith
“We Are Woman Parts” facilities on an all-woman Muslim punk band who are creating songs their way, creating an audience, and balancing their own existence on and off stage.
Costume designer Pc Williams made every woman’s wardrobe to honor her partnership with her religion although 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 newly recruited lead guitarist Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey), Woman Parts’ guide singer Ayesha, (Juliette Motamed) Lady Parts’ drummer Bisma (Faith Omole), the bass participant, and Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse), the band’s supervisor.
“All of these gals are 2nd-technology migrants, like me I was born in the U.K., but my roots are from Nigeria and Ghana. When I was contemplating about these 4 ladies, for me, it was about really hoping to understand who they had been culturally and marrying that with a London vibe,” Williams claims.
Four of the five band users have on some sort of regular Muslim head coverings. Williams introduced on several Muslim gals to her style and design staff and undertook hours of exploration to accurately portray how design and style and religion work side by facet.
“A head covering is a head covering, now how you do that is thoroughly up to you and I required to show that there is no one particular way to do it. You can have variety in a team of Muslim sisters,” Williams states.
Williams broke down just about every rocker’s signature model.
Amina has her sights established on locating a life associate and having her Ph.D. in microbiology. But, when she joins the band, her plans modify. Above time she finds a new ease and comfort degree in her identification. Amina is often observed in pastel-colored hijabs and nominal make-up.
“Amina was 1 of these people in which when you start out the venture you have this kind of a apparent thought of what it is that you want to do. And then, as you get into the undertaking, that strategy retains twisting and turning. And I assume marrying her demure sensibility with this want, and sort of will need, to break out of this mildew and to lean into this new place that she was inhabiting, that felt fantastic to her — that was like my most significant problem, how do I make, how do I make great costumes for a female who enjoys A-line skirts and button-up blouses. And is now in a punk band.
“There’s the scene in which Girl Components is performing a Dolly Parton music and Amina’s nevertheless acquired her A-line, significant-waisted skirt on, but she’s bought this shirt with a horse print on it. And it is the 1st time we really see her in darkish colors, and it’s her variation of leaning into what it implies to be punk, but it is continue to truly sweet. It is what she could be outside of what we usually see her in, which is pastels and seriously-embroidered two-piece sets.”
Bisma normally takes excellent satisfaction in her heritage and often sports shiny 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 advertising her artwork on her street stall.
“Bisma is Nigerian-British, she’s my sisters and me, and my cousins, and mother’s friends’ children — it’s a pride in African prints, but incorporating that in a way where it feels modern-day and has a Western vibe, but you nevertheless holding on to what is correct to your cultural identification.
“Her art plays a big section in who she is. The interior design and style of her condominium is a whole lot of upcycled, reclaimed furnishings and pieces. I wished to deliver that by means of to her wardrobe — about 90% of it is thrift store finds with autumnal colors, macramé, and anything that feels Afro-centric.
“We made use of a whole lot of Omolola jewelry from a young Nigerian jeweler, and a large amount of her jewelry is from all-around Africa or distinct tribes in Nigeria using symbols that imply anything to Nigerian tradition.
“Bisma’s vibe is super classic. Every little thing wants to feel like it is experienced three life ahead of coming to her, but when it hits her, it helps make perception.”
Ayesha is the band’s drummer. She’s also an Uber driver with street rage. For her outfits, she’d sport sparkly Center Japanese abayas and drapey headscarves with extraordinary eyeliner.
“Ayesha’s vibe is who Juliette is in true existence. So relatively than me designing the outfits, I took extra of a curatorial approach to her structure. I curated her wardrobe, and collaborating with her. I’d say, ‘Here, what do you assume? What variety of appears to be like would you make?’ So, we had an afternoon of just attempting anything on.
“That to me, felt genuine to who she was because she would convey in a great deal of herself in the character. I feel occasionally when you’re accomplishing a character who is so stylized it can feel a little bit compelled. I did not want that to materialize so she was a large section of designing what she wore — dark hues, anime prints, large metallic detailing, and slogan t-shirts from Aborigine brand names.”
Momtaz is the core of the band. As the group’s manager, her intention is to flip them into a massive achievements.
“I wanted to make absolutely sure that a girl who wears a niqab could decide up 1 of the niqabs we designed and put on and sense like it suit the intent. I didn’t want it to be like this odd trend factor. Everything has to just feel all-natural. It couldn’t feel like the exhibit was styled. I’m not going to consider and transform the niqab from what a niqab is what I want to do is just give you versions of this whilst nevertheless keeping it modest and fitting the reason of remaining lined even though also making it possible for our actress, Lucie, to truly feel that she was also bringing something amazing to the clearly show. She has to expend these 8 weeks covered and I can consider that which is very a massive factor to just take on, specially when the ladies are coming out in appear right after search. I feel Ayesha experienced 37 appears to be in the full display while we made four niqabs for Momtaz.
“But it was truly significant to me that Lucie felt that some structure, treatment, and thing to consider had been taken into her costumes, but that they however in shape the function.”