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Exhibit Design & Museum-Related Projects: Catalina Island Museum

Esther Williams: The Swimming Queen of the Silver Screen

The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building / Artists' Plaza Gallery
September 6, 2019 - March 8, 2020


This exhibition on American icon Esther Williams chronicles her life from humble beginnings to her success as a champion athlete, major Hollywood celebrity and entrepreneur. Her costumes are front and center, displayed on "bubbles" beneath the central oculus. In addition, movie memorabilia, vintage photographs and never-before-seen personal home movies are displayed in this small, intimate gallery.


All images are © Catalina Island Museum, 2019

Gallery overview

The gallery featured a gradated paint theme and round graphics to echo the "bubble" pedestals showcasing the costumes

Title wall

The title wall featured a life-size reproduction of the star

View to entrance
Central "bubbles"

Fabric was added to the pedestal bases to give the appearance of rippling water

Gold suit

The iconic gold lame bathing costume, lent by the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles

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