“We Are Woman Parts” centers on an all-female Muslim punk band who are making tunes their way, setting up an audience, and balancing their particular life on and off phase.
Costume designer Computer system Williams made each individual woman’s wardrobe to honor her relationship with her faith although also utilizing 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), Lady Parts’ guide singer Ayesha, (Juliette Motamed) Lady Parts’ drummer Bisma (Faith Omole), the bass participant, and Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse), the band’s manager.
“All of these women of all ages are 2nd-era migrants, like me I was born in the U.K., but my roots are from Nigeria and Ghana. When I was thinking about these four gals, for me, it was about genuinely trying to recognize who they were culturally and marrying that with a London vibe,” Williams claims.
4 of the 5 band customers put on some kind of traditional Muslim head coverings. Williams brought on many Muslim girls to her design and style group and undertook hrs of exploration to precisely portray how style and faith operate side by facet.
“A head covering is a head covering, now how you do that is entirely up to you and I preferred to present that there’s no a person way to do it. You can have variety in a team of Muslim sisters,” Williams suggests.
Williams broke down every single rocker’s signature design.
Amina has her sights set on discovering a lifestyle spouse and receiving her Ph.D. in microbiology. But, when she joins the band, her plans transform. Above time she finds a new comfort amount in her id. Amina is often discovered in pastel-colored hijabs and small makeup.
“Amina was a person of individuals people exactly where when you start the project you have such a distinct idea of what it is that you want to do. And then, as you get into the job, that strategy retains twisting and turning. And I think marrying her demure sensibility with this want, and form of have to have, 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 biggest problem, how do I make, how do I make great costumes for a lady who enjoys A-line skirts and button-up blouses. And is now in a punk band.
“There’s the scene where Girl Areas is executing a Dolly Parton music and Amina’s nonetheless obtained her A-line, high-waisted skirt on, but she’s received this shirt with a horse print on it. And it’s the initially time we seriously see her in dark shades, and it’s her variation of leaning into what it indicates to be punk, but it’s nonetheless definitely sweet. It’s what she could be outside of what we ordinarily see her in, which is pastels and seriously-embroidered two-piece sets.”
Bisma will take terrific pride in her heritage and generally 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 selling her artwork on her street stall.
“Bisma is Nigerian-British, she’s my sisters and me, and my cousins, and mother’s friends’ kids — it is a delight in African prints, but incorporating that in a way where by it feels contemporary and has a Western vibe, but you still keeping on to what’s true to your cultural identity.
“Her art performs a massive section in who she is. The inside layout of her condominium is a lot of upcycled, reclaimed furnishings and pieces. I needed to bring that by to her wardrobe — about 90% of it is thrift shop finds with autumnal colors, macramé, and nearly anything that feels Afro-centric.
“We made use of a whole lot of Omolola jewellery from a young Nigerian jeweler, and a good deal of her jewellery is from close to Africa or distinct tribes in Nigeria working with symbols that indicate some thing to Nigerian culture.
“Bisma’s vibe is tremendous classic. Everything needs to experience like it is had a few life before coming to her, but when it hits her, it makes feeling.”
Ayesha is the band’s drummer. She’s also an Uber driver with road rage. For her outfits, she’d activity sparkly Middle Jap abayas and drapey headscarves with extraordinary eyeliner.
“Ayesha’s vibe is who Juliette is in serious existence. So relatively than me planning the outfits, I took more of a curatorial method to her style and design. I curated her wardrobe, and collaborating with her. I’d say, ‘Here, what do you consider? What form of looks would you make?’ So, we experienced an afternoon of just hoping all the things on.
“That to me, felt accurate to who she was for the reason that she would deliver in a ton of herself in the character. I feel sometimes when you’re carrying out a character who is so stylized it can sense a bit forced. I didn’t want that to materialize so she was a massive element of planning what she wore — darkish hues, anime prints, significant metal detailing, and slogan t-shirts from Aborigine makes.”
Momtaz is the core of the band. As the group’s manager, her target is to change them into a huge achievements.
“I desired to make sure that a woman who wears a niqab could pick up just one of the niqabs we designed and don and come to feel like it fit the purpose. I didn’t want it to be like this weird fashion thing. All the things has to just feel pure. It could not feel like the present was styled. I’m not going to check out and alter the niqab from what a niqab is what I want to do is just give you versions of this though however retaining it modest and fitting the intent of currently being coated when also enabling our actress, Lucie, to sense that she was also bringing a thing amazing to the clearly show. She has to expend these 8 months covered and I can imagine that which is rather a major detail to just take on, specially when the girls are coming out in look immediately after look. I believe Ayesha had 37 appears to be like in the whole show whilst we intended 4 niqabs for Momtaz.
“But it was actually significant to me that Lucie felt that some layout, treatment, and consideration experienced been taken into her costumes, but that they even now fit the function.”