“We Are Lady Parts” centers on an all-feminine Muslim punk band who are producing music their way, developing an audience, and balancing their personalized life on and off phase.
Costume designer Pc Williams built every woman’s wardrobe to honor her romance with her faith whilst 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 recently recruited guide guitarist Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey), Lady Parts’ guide singer Ayesha, (Juliette Motamed) Lady Parts’ drummer Bisma (Religion Omole), the bass participant, and Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse), the band’s supervisor.
“All of these females 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 four women, for me, it was about genuinely seeking to understand who they were culturally and marrying that with a London vibe,” Williams states.
4 of the 5 band users dress in some form of classic Muslim head coverings. Williams brought on many Muslim gals to her style and design group and undertook several hours of analysis to accurately portray how type and religion operate facet by aspect.
“A head masking is a head covering, now how you do that is completely up to you and I required to demonstrate that there’s no 1 way to do it. You can have diversity in a team of Muslim sisters,” Williams says.
Williams broke down each and every rocker’s signature style.
Amina has her sights set on acquiring a life husband or wife and getting her Ph.D. in microbiology. But, when she joins the band, her designs modify. Over time she finds a new comfort degree in her identity. Amina is generally discovered in pastel-coloured hijabs and nominal makeup.
“Amina was a person of those characters the place when you start the challenge you have this sort of a clear strategy 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 type of will need, to split out of this mold and to lean into this new room that she was inhabiting, that felt great to her — that was like my largest problem, how do I make, how do I make cool costumes for a lady who loves A-line skirts and button-up blouses. And is now in a punk band.
“There’s the scene where Girl Sections is carrying out a Dolly Parton track and Amina’s nevertheless obtained her A-line, substantial-waisted skirt on, but she’s got this shirt with a horse print on it. And it is the very first time we seriously see her in dim colors, and it is her variation of leaning into what it usually means to be punk, but it is still really sweet. It’s what she could be outside the house of what we commonly see her in, which is pastels and greatly-embroidered two-piece sets.”
Bisma normally takes good pleasure in her heritage and usually sports activities vivid 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 marketing 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 pride in African prints, but incorporating that in a way where by it feels modern and has a Western vibe, but you even now holding on to what is genuine to your cultural identity.
“Her art plays a significant element in who she is. The inside design of her apartment is a ton of upcycled, reclaimed furnishings and pieces. I wished to carry that through to her wardrobe — about 90% of it is thrift shop finds with autumnal shades, macramé, and anything at all that feels Afro-centric.
“We used a whole lot of Omolola jewelry from a younger Nigerian jeweler, and a whole lot of her jewellery is from around Africa or particular tribes in Nigeria working with symbols that mean one thing to Nigerian tradition.
“Bisma’s vibe is super vintage. Everything wants to sense like it is had a few lives just before coming to her, but when it hits her, it will make sense.”
Ayesha is the band’s drummer. She’s also an Uber driver with road rage. For her outfits, she’d activity sparkly Center Japanese abayas and drapey headscarves with spectacular eyeliner.
“Ayesha’s vibe is who Juliette is in authentic lifestyle. So rather 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 imagine? What kind of appears to be like would you make?’ So, we experienced an afternoon of just making an attempt every little thing on.
“That to me, felt legitimate to who she was simply because she would provide in a ton of herself in the character. I consider occasionally when you are executing a character who is so stylized it can experience a little bit compelled. I did not want that to occur so she was a major section of coming up with what she wore — dim hues, anime prints, significant metal detailing, and slogan t-shirts from Aborigine brands.”
Momtaz is the core of the band. As the group’s supervisor, her objective is to turn them into a huge achievement.
“I required to make sure that a lady who wears a niqab could decide up 1 of the niqabs we designed and don and sense like it healthy the reason. I did not want it to be like this bizarre fashion thing. Every little thing has to just sense pure. It could not feel like the display was styled. I’m not likely to test and improve the niqab from what a niqab is what I want to do is just give you variants of this though however trying to keep it modest and fitting the goal of getting coated while also enabling our actress, Lucie, to feel that she was also bringing some thing awesome to the exhibit. She has to spend these eight weeks coated and I can envision that that is rather a significant point to acquire on, specifically when the ladies are coming out in search just after search. I feel Ayesha experienced 37 seems in the entire exhibit though we built four niqabs for Momtaz.
“But it was seriously vital to me that Lucie felt that some style and design, care, and consideration experienced been taken into her costumes, but that they even now suit the intent.”