Fabulous Fashionistas, a documentary by award-winning director Sue Bourne, introduces us to six extraordinary women with an average age of 80, who are not letting growing old get in the way of looking fabulous while having fun doing it.
Jean Woods, Sue Kreitzman, Bridget Sojourner, Daphne Selfe, Gillian Lynne and Baroness Trumpington, all natural beauties sans botox or plastic surgery, are redefining aging in style.
The documentary which premiered last night, shares these amazing women’s personal stories and their insights into how staying young and dressing with style is about more than following the latest trends.
Fashion rebel Jean Woods, 75, reinvented herself as a fashionista after losing her husband five years ago. Her favorite and “signature” item are her Doc Martens boots. “I have always been interested in fashion, but more so as I have gotten older,” explains Jean. “I like to dress as I want to dress. I just decide in my own mind whether I look good – I don’t really care about other people.”
Sue Kreitzman, 73, an artist by trade, designs her own clothes. Prior to becoming an artist, Sue was a successful cookbook writer and TV chef . “Growing old is a privilege, an adventure. You think about death but you choose life – just don’t wear beige, it might kill you.”
Bridget Sojourner, 75, was a health educator, but has always been interested in fashion. “When people started stopping me about my clothes I thought, I’ve been through feminism, racism, all the prejudices. I’m an activist and Ageism is the last bastion.”
Daphne Selfe, 85, known as Britain’s oldest model, proves that age is only just a number. Still working and in high demand, Daphne has amassed an impressive wardrobe from all of her years modeling.
Gillian Lynne, a young 87 and former dancer, says her secret for eternal youth is that she is married to a younger man, 27 years younger! “My friends thought it was positively indecent when we started to see each other, but since we are still together now, how silly they look now!”
At 91 years old, Baroness Trumpington is the oldest woman in the House of Lords, lives on her own and believes that “it’s frightfully important to look after yourself. The moment you start letting yourself go is the moment when you are old.”