“The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.” This year at Miami Fashion
Week, The Raleigh Hotel hosted a synchronized swimming event to pay tribute to the star. We wanted to spotlight some of Esther’s greatest moments in hopes that you will get to know her a little better. Esther did more than just swim. She was a confident, disciplined trailblazer for all women.
To try and sum up Hollywood star, Esther Williams life in several paragraphs would be a great misfortune for readers who want to know the woman behind the silver screen. Her autobiography The Million Dollar Mermaid, a title that shares the name with her highest grossing film, is an enlightening and understanding journey through the years of her life – years that deeply contrast the MGM star she came to be.
“Somehow I kept my head above water. I relied on the discipline, character, and strength that I had started to develop as that little girl in her first swimming pool.”
On June 6, 2013, at age 91, the world lost a one of the last true stars of the golden age of Hollywood, Esther Williams.
Prior to her movie success, Esther was a National Champion swimmer, scheduled to compete in the 1940 Olympics. The Olympics were cancelled due to the start of World War II.
Carrying on her legacy is the notable influence she’s had on American culture through the classic swimwear of the 1940’s and 50’s. Though beautifully tailored and perfectly fit, the suits she wore in films were made from heavy wool material, some weighing up to forty pounds when wet.
Along with Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner, Esther Williams was a pioneer for the 2-piece suit, also known as the “Bikini”. She was also a favorite Pin-up girl throughout World War II.
Mrs. Williams started her own collection, Esther Williams Swimwear. The collections recreate iconic styles with the benefits of modern fabrics. Using soft foam cups and no wires, all pieces are made to order and made in the U.S.A.
Her influential swimwear is celebrated to this day. Taylor Swift wore an Esther Williams Swimwear 2-piece during her summer with the Kennedy family.
Burlesque show girl, Dita Von Teese is a fan of Esther Williams’ Old Hollywood glamour. She is pictured in a bright blue suit, resembling an Esther Williams design.
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine wears a 2-piece suit, similar to styles of the 1940’s.
Selena Gomez is a bathing beauty in a retro inspired suit.
Become inspired by Esther’s life through her autobiography, The Million Dollar Mermaid and learn how this American girl became one of our brightest starts in Hollywood history.