“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…