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 generating audio their way, developing an viewers, and balancing their own lifestyle on and off stage.

Costume designer Computer system Williams made every woman’s wardrobe to honor her romance with her faith when also employing costume to act as an avenue for cultural and self-expression.

The collection, streaming on Peacock, follows 5 women— Amina (Anjana Vasan), the recently recruited lead guitarist Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey), Girl Parts’ lead singer Ayesha, (Juliette Motamed) Lady Parts’ drummer Bisma (Religion Omole), the bass player, and Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse), the band’s supervisor.

“All of these gals are next-era migrants, like me I was born in the U.K., but my roots are from Nigeria and Ghana. When I was imagining about these 4 women of all ages, for me, it was about truly seeking to comprehend who they were culturally and marrying that with a London vibe,” Williams suggests.

4 of the five band users use some variety of standard Muslim head coverings. Williams brought on various Muslim gals to her style crew and undertook several hours of research to properly portray how type and faith work aspect by aspect.

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

Williams broke down just about every rocker’s signature style.

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Pc Wiliams gave Amina pastel-colored hijabs.

Amina has her sights established on locating a lifestyle companion and getting her Ph.D. in microbiology. But, when she joins the band, her ideas alter. Over time she finds a new convenience degree in her identification. Amina is generally found in pastel-colored hijabs and minimal makeup.

“Amina was a single of all those people the place when you begin the task you have this kind of a distinct thought of what it is that you want to do. And then, as you get into the undertaking, that notion keeps twisting and turning. And I assume marrying her demure sensibility with this want, and type of have to have, to break out of this mold and to lean into this new area that she was inhabiting, that felt great to her — that was like my most significant obstacle, how do I make, how do I make interesting costumes for a girl who loves A-line skirts and button-up blouses. And is now in a punk band.

“There’s the scene exactly where Girl Pieces is accomplishing a Dolly Parton tune and Amina’s nonetheless bought her A-line, higher-waisted skirt on, but she’s got this shirt with a horse print on it. And it’s the initially time we definitely see her in darkish shades, and it is her version of leaning into what it signifies to be punk, but it’s continue to genuinely sweet. It is what she could be exterior of what we ordinarily see her in, which is pastels and closely-embroidered two-piece sets.”


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

Bisma will take good satisfaction in her heritage and frequently athletics vibrant 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 road stall.

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

“Her art plays a huge section in who she is. The inside design and style of her apartment is a good deal of upcycled, reclaimed furnishings and parts. I wanted to deliver that by means of to her wardrobe — about 90% of it is thrift shop finds with autumnal hues, macramé, and anything that feels Afro-centric.

“We utilized a lot of Omolola jewelry from a young Nigerian jeweler, and a whole lot of her jewelry is from around Africa or specific tribes in Nigeria employing symbols that imply anything to Nigerian culture.

“Bisma’s vibe is tremendous vintage. Everything demands to come to feel like it’s had three life ahead of coming to her, but when it hits her, it helps make feeling.”


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Actress Juliette Motamed’s model played a key portion in Ayesha’s wardrobe.

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

“Ayesha’s vibe is who Juliette is in genuine existence. So somewhat than me planning the outfits, I took more of a curatorial approach to her layout. I curated her wardrobe, and collaborating with her. I’d say, ‘Here, what do you assume? What form of seems to be would you make?’  So, we had an afternoon of just trying everything on.

“That to me, felt genuine to who she was because she would convey in a lot of herself in the character. I assume sometimes when you’re executing a character who is so stylized it can feel a little bit forced. I did not want that to happen so she was a large component of creating what she wore — dim colours, anime prints, weighty steel detailing, and slogan t-shirts from Aborigine brand names.”


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Laptop Williams developed four niqabs for Momtaz.

Momtaz is the core of the band. As the group’s manager, her purpose is to switch them into a enormous achievements.

“I required to make positive that a lady who wears a niqab could select up one of the niqabs we made and wear and experience like it suit the objective. I didn’t want it to be like this odd manner matter. Every thing has to just really feel pure. It couldn’t come to feel like the show was styled. I’m not going to test and improve the niqab from what a niqab is what I want to do is just give you variations of this though however maintaining it modest and fitting the reason of remaining covered though also making it possible for our actress, Lucie, to truly feel that she was also bringing a thing interesting to the clearly show. She has to expend these 8 months protected and I can imagine that that’s pretty a major thing to just take on, specially when the women are coming out in seem immediately after glance. I believe Ayesha had 37 seems in the total display when we made four niqabs for Momtaz.

“But it was really critical to me that Lucie felt that some design and style, care, and thing to consider had been taken into her costumes, but that they nonetheless in good shape the objective.”