“Over 80 years of fashion, is now archived, vaulted, and for sale in its entirety. Indeed, a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a historical, unique and diverse high end vintage collection.”
-Jacqueline Vargas, Marketing/Creative Director
There are few collections that epitomize impeccable artistic craftsmanship in a beautiful, relevant, and wearable way. These traits are precisely what make 55 Thousand Dresses the highly coveted collection it is today. Conceived and started in Europe right after WWII, Paul Brockmann, owner & founder, began to expand his collection upon moving to the United States in 1967. The collection encompasses dresses from the early to late 20th century. Dresses differ in style, size, shape, and hue. Every dress showcases individual character and style.
2016 was a turning point for the 55 Thousand Dresses brand. Owner and Founder, Paul Brockmann's growing frustration with the Vintage Industry elevated to an all time high as he realized that despite owning the largest collection of vintage labels in the world, he had yet received ANY respect from the very industry he dedicated his life's work to.
Paul knew that a large part of this was due to his brand's perception. He had yet to work with someone who shared his taste, aesthetic, and perspective. He needed a visionary to bring life back to his dresses, to his brand, to his legacy. But When? Where? How? And more importantly, Whom?
As fate would have it, he soon after met his future Creative Director, Jacqueline Vargas at an awards gala. Instantly, a friendship and collaborative working relationship was conceived. She understood his passion, frustrations, and vision.
Jacqueline directed, styled, and shot 21 editorial photo shoots to showcase his collection's authenticity, individuality, and true value.
Now the two are committed to creating projects that will shatter industry barriers by making vintage accessible to the masses. Let the revolution begin!
In the summer of 2014, Guinness Book of World Records meticulously assessed our collection and verified 4, 120 vintage clothing labels, making and awarding 55 Thousand Dresses the largest collection of vintage labels in the world to date!
“Every dress has a story, a voIce, a life. And well, here, in short, is mine...”
— Paul Brockmann, Owner & Founder
Paul Brockmann holds many titles: husband, father, successful contractor, and yes, a Guinness Book of World records dress collector. But, above all, the man is a survivor. Born and raised into a fanatical German Nazi family during World War II, this brave little boy did not allow fear to dim his voice nor spirit. He adamantly rejected the party’s movement and it cost him. Branded as the family’s outcast, he was mercilessly bullied and often beaten. His family’s constant infliction of mental and physical abuse drove him to alcoholism at the tender age of 13.
After the war, Germany, which had been devoid of all forms of entertainment, began to reintroduce dancing into the lives of its citizens. Finally, Paul had found a fulfilling form of escapism. He fell madly in love with everything pertaining to ballroom: the music, the steps, the formalities, the ladies, but above all—the DRESSES. During the war, food was scarce, but fabric, especially for dresses, was an unattainable luxury. These elegant garments represented everything that had been previously withheld from him; comfort, joy, and well, essentially, love. Paul soon became an avid dancer frequenting town functions. As his fascination for dresses intensified, so did his longing for the right partner.
On one fateful evening, there, across the dance floor, stood the future Mrs. Brockmann, the finest and best dressed dancer in the room. After a few spins, the young man promised himself that he would not only make this lovely girl his wife, but that he’d make sure that she never wore the same dress twice! And well, as we all know by now, the determined young man succeeded…
Our founder's love story, history, and magnetic personality has gained national coverage and captivated the masses. This year we are dedicated to working with outlets that will focus on our mission to revolutionize the vintage industry. Stay tuned for our most recent feature on Larry King's new show, Collector's Cafe!