The International Swimming Hall of Fame's film and video archive, which dates to the 1920's, is the most extensive and comprehensive in the world. As we continue to preserve and transfer footage from film to DVD, we will be adding to the virtual archive so that historic events from aquatic history can be enjoyed throughout the world.
The History of Women’s Swimwear: an interview with Esther Williams
Who better to tell the history of women’s swimwear than MGM Film star Esther Williams. Thanks to Huell Howser Productions, ISHOF is able to cybercast this interview, conducted by Huell Howser for his show California Gold.
Esther traces the time when women weren’t allowed to swim to the appearance of Annette Kellerman, whom Esther portrayed in the film “Million Dollar Mermaid” in 1952, and her film career as the world’s most famous “Bathing Beauty.”
To learn more about Huell Howser Productions and Huell’s PBS show California Gold and Esther Williams.
Learn more about the history of swimwear (pdf) and how swimming has changed western culture.