'Change is a Beautiful Thing' is a film about 5 women, and is made by one of our favourite artists, Kathryn Ferguson. It is a part of 5 films she was commissioned to do for Selfridges. These remarkable women embrace ageing with humour, energy and a conviction that beauty comes from within.

The film focusses on how older women view beauty and features five women, each of whom still possess a charm, style and grace that contradicts the view that beauty somehow belongs to the young. The film explores their understanding of beauty and doesn’t shy away from some of the uncertainties that women face about their physical attractiveness. 

At our 'Age Doesn't Matter' Festival we exhibited a couple of Kathryn's portraits of the women in this film. We also asked her a few questions about aging.

Do you think age matters? 

Not in the slightest. It mattered more when I was younger. Personally I feel my life is improving by the year and I'm thankful for everything I've experienced so far - good and bad. I feel younger now than I did in my twenties.

Has this project changed you and how you view age? 

It was a joy to be able to work with five incredible and insightful women on this video. The energy and joie de vivre they brought to the film set was infectious and made me hopeful for the future.

Describe the project and your motivation for doing it?

I was commissioned by Selfridges to create a four part documentary series on Modern beauty ideals in the UK. I've always been interested in older beauty and this felt like a great opportunity and fairly unexpected route into this subject. I wanted to avoid cliched imagery of older women and create a dynamic visual world for them to appear in, popping with colour and movement.

How old are the women in your project?

They were all over 80 years old at the time of filming. 

How old are you? 

34.





This is the first of four films commissioned by Selfridges for The Beauty Project.
selfridges.com/en/StaticPage/the-beauty-project

Screen grab from 'Change is a Beautiful Thing' by Kathryn Ferguson.
Screen grab from 'Change is a Beautiful Thing' by Kathryn Ferguson.
Screen grab from 'Change is a Beautiful Thing' by Kathryn Ferguson.
Screen grab from 'Change is a Beautiful Thing' by Kathryn Ferguson.
Screen grab from 'Change is a Beautiful Thing' by Kathryn Ferguson.
Screen grab from 'Change is a Beautiful Thing' by Kathryn Ferguson.