“We Are Girl Parts” facilities on an all-female Muslim punk band who are generating audio their way, constructing an audience, and balancing their own everyday living on and off phase.
Costume designer Personal computer Williams created each individual woman’s wardrobe to honor her romantic relationship with her faith whilst 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 newly recruited guide guitarist Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey), Woman Parts’ direct singer Ayesha, (Juliette Motamed) Girl Parts’ drummer Bisma (Faith Omole), the bass player, and Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse), the band’s supervisor.
“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 wondering about these four gals, for me, it was about really hoping to comprehend who they were culturally and marrying that with a London vibe,” Williams states.
Four of the 5 band users dress in some sort of standard Muslim head coverings. Williams brought on various Muslim women of all ages to her design and style group and undertook hrs of analysis to properly portray how fashion and religion run facet by side.
“A head masking is a head covering, now how you do that is absolutely up to you and I wished to show that there’s no one particular way to do it. You can have variety in a group of Muslim sisters,” Williams says.
Williams broke down every rocker’s signature design and style.
Amina has her sights set on acquiring a everyday living associate and finding her Ph.D. in microbiology. But, when she joins the band, her designs transform. Above time she finds a new comfort and ease level in her identity. Amina is usually located in pastel-colored hijabs and small makeup.
“Amina was one of those people in which when you start out the job you have these a crystal clear idea of what it is that you want to do. And then, as you get into the project, that thought retains twisting and turning. And I think marrying her demure sensibility with this want, and form of will need, to break out of this mold and to lean into this new room that she was inhabiting, that felt good to her — that was like my largest problem, how do I make, how do I make neat costumes for a woman who enjoys A-line skirts and button-up blouses. And is now in a punk band.
“There’s the scene where Lady Parts is carrying out a Dolly Parton song and Amina’s even now bought her A-line, higher-waisted skirt on, but she’s acquired this shirt with a horse print on it. And it’s the first time we actually see her in dark colours, and it’s her variation of leaning into what it signifies to be punk, but it’s nevertheless genuinely sweet. It is what she could be outside of what we generally see her in, which is pastels and heavily-embroidered two-piece sets.”
Bisma takes wonderful delight in her heritage and normally sports 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 artwork on her street stall.
“Bisma is Nigerian-British, she’s my sisters and me, and my cousins, and mother’s friends’ youngsters — it is a pleasure in African prints, but incorporating that in a way in which it feels fashionable and has a Western vibe, but you nonetheless holding on to what is correct to your cultural id.
“Her artwork performs a massive section in who she is. The interior style and design of her apartment is a good deal of upcycled, reclaimed furnishings and items. I needed to provide that through to her wardrobe — about 90% of it is thrift shop finds with autumnal hues, macramé, and just about anything that feels Afro-centric.
“We made use of a ton of Omolola jewelry from a younger Nigerian jeweler, and a whole lot of her jewellery is from all over Africa or distinct tribes in Nigeria making use of symbols that suggest a little something to Nigerian tradition.
“Bisma’s vibe is tremendous vintage. All the things needs to experience like it’s experienced a few lives in advance of coming to her, but when it hits her, it would make sense.”
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 dramatic eyeliner.
“Ayesha’s vibe is who Juliette is in genuine existence. So somewhat than me developing 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 sort of appears to be like would you make?’ So, we had an afternoon of just making an attempt anything on.
“That to me, felt real to who she was because she would provide in a lot of herself in the character. I think at times when you are undertaking a character who is so stylized it can sense a bit forced. I did not want that to transpire so she was a massive section of developing what she wore — darkish colors, anime prints, weighty steel detailing, and slogan t-shirts from Aborigine models.”
Momtaz is the main of the band. As the group’s supervisor, her purpose is to switch them into a enormous results.
“I desired to make absolutely sure that a female who wears a niqab could decide on up 1 of the niqabs we built and have on and truly feel like it match the goal. I did not want it to be like this bizarre style point. Everything has to just sense natural. It couldn’t really feel like the present 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 whilst still preserving it modest and fitting the reason of being coated although also letting our actress, Lucie, to really feel that she was also bringing something awesome to the demonstrate. She has to expend these 8 weeks covered and I can picture that which is fairly a huge detail to take on, specifically when the women are coming out in search immediately after look. I believe Ayesha had 37 looks in the entire display while we developed 4 niqabs for Momtaz.
“But it was really vital to me that Lucie felt that some design, treatment, and thought experienced been taken into her costumes, but that they nonetheless match the function.”