“We Are Woman Parts” facilities on an all-woman Muslim punk band who are making new music their way, creating an viewers, and balancing their particular everyday living on and off stage.
Costume designer Computer Williams built every woman’s wardrobe to honor her marriage with her faith whilst also making use of costume to act as an avenue for cultural and self-expression.
The sequence, 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 manager.
“All of these females are 2nd-generation 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 really attempting to understand who they were culturally and marrying that with a London vibe,” Williams says.
Four of the five band users dress in some form of conventional Muslim head coverings. Williams brought on several Muslim women to her design crew and undertook several hours of analysis to properly portray how type and faith work aspect by side.
“A head covering is a head covering, now how you do that is thoroughly up to you and I wanted to show that there is no just one way to do it. You can have range in a group of Muslim sisters,” Williams states.
Williams broke down every rocker’s signature model.
Amina has her sights established on finding a lifestyle partner and getting her Ph.D. in microbiology. But, when she joins the band, her strategies alter. In excess of time she finds a new convenience stage in her identity. Amina is frequently uncovered in pastel-coloured hijabs and nominal make-up.
“Amina was a person of those figures exactly where when you start off the task you have these a very clear notion of what it is that you want to do. And then, as you get into the task, that plan keeps twisting and turning. And I imagine marrying her demure sensibility with this want, and sort of need, to crack out of this mildew and to lean into this new room that she was inhabiting, that felt terrific to her — that was like my largest problem, how do I make, how do I make neat costumes for a girl who enjoys A-line skirts and button-up blouses. And is now in a punk band.
“There’s the scene where Woman Sections is carrying out a Dolly Parton music and Amina’s nevertheless acquired her A-line, substantial-waisted skirt on, but she’s bought this shirt with a horse print on it. And it’s the 1st time we seriously see her in dark hues, and it is her version of leaning into what it indicates to be punk, but it’s however seriously sweet. It’s what she could be outside of what we typically see her in, which is pastels and seriously-embroidered two-piece sets.”
Bisma can take great pleasure in her heritage and generally sports brilliant 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 avenue stall.
“Bisma is Nigerian-British, she’s my sisters and me, and my cousins, and mother’s friends’ little ones — it is a satisfaction in African prints, but incorporating that in a way where it feels modern day and has a Western vibe, but you nevertheless keeping on to what is true to your cultural identification.
“Her artwork plays a big element in who she is. The interior layout of her apartment is a large amount of upcycled, reclaimed furnishings and parts. I wanted to bring that by way of to her wardrobe — about 90% of it is thrift shop finds with autumnal hues, macramé, and anything that feels Afro-centric.
“We utilised a lot of Omolola jewelry from a younger Nigerian jeweler, and a good deal of her jewelry is from all-around Africa or specific tribes in Nigeria using symbols that imply a thing to Nigerian lifestyle.
“Bisma’s vibe is tremendous vintage. Every little thing needs to sense like it’s experienced three life in advance of coming to her, but when it hits her, it tends to make feeling.”
Ayesha is the band’s drummer. She’s also an Uber driver with road rage. For her outfits, she’d activity sparkly Middle Japanese abayas and drapey headscarves with spectacular eyeliner.
“Ayesha’s vibe is who Juliette is in real existence. So rather than me developing the outfits, I took additional of a curatorial strategy to her structure. I curated her wardrobe, and collaborating with her. I’d say, ‘Here, what do you think? What kind of looks would you make?’ So, we had an afternoon of just making an attempt anything on.
“That to me, felt true to who she was since she would convey in a lot of herself in the character. I believe in some cases when you’re accomplishing a character who is so stylized it can really feel a bit pressured. I didn’t want that to occur so she was a large part of designing what she wore — dark colors, anime prints, hefty steel detailing, and slogan t-shirts from Aborigine brand names.”
Momtaz is the core of the band. As the group’s supervisor, her intention is to transform them into a enormous achievements.
“I preferred to make positive that a female who wears a niqab could choose up just one of the niqabs we made and wear and really feel like it match the purpose. I didn’t want it to be like this bizarre manner issue. Anything has to just experience natural. It could not experience like the display was styled. I’m not likely to try and modify the niqab from what a niqab is what I want to do is just give you variations of this though however retaining it modest and fitting the function of currently being protected though also allowing our actress, Lucie, to experience that she was also bringing a thing cool to the display. She has to shell out these 8 weeks covered and I can picture that that’s quite a major issue to consider on, especially when the girls are coming out in appear immediately after appear. I think Ayesha had 37 looks in the whole exhibit whilst we created 4 niqabs for Momtaz.
“But it was really vital to me that Lucie felt that some style and design, treatment, and consideration experienced been taken into her costumes, but that they however match the goal.”