78-year old German-born Paul Brockmann of Lomita, California first laid eyes on his schoolmate Margot at a dance. He remembers seeing her spin in the pretty dress she was wearing and they soon bonded over their love of dancing. Shortly after becoming a couple, he began gifting dresses to her. He says, “Margot is the love of my life and has remained so to this very day. I followed her to the United States and was disowned by my own family for doing so back in the 50’s. We first lived in the Midwest and with time traveled West and settled in Los Angeles, California. The dress collection grew as I searched far and wide at estate sales, department stores, yard sales and antique shows. Always looking to buy more dresses for Margot, everywhere and anywhere I went.”
Over a span of 56 years, the collection grew to over 55,000 dresses and they eventually found it necessary to rent a warehouse in Gardena to house them. Up until recently, they kept the massive collection a secret from everyone. However, on August 24th they threw the doors open to the public who could purchase the vintage dresses they have been passionate about all these years. In early August, LA Weekly featured the couple and shared more details of their unique love story. You can check out photos of the beautiful collection at the 55 Thousand Dresses website or at their Facebook page.
photo 1 by Star Forman, image 2 via 55 Thousand Dresses
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