I had the pleasure of spending the day with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brockmann in Los Angeles last weekend. Paul holds the Guinness World Record for most clothing labels in a collection and is the subject of the documentary "The Man Behind 55,000 Dresses".
I sat down with Mr. & Mrs. Brockmann for a closer look at the love story that inspired this extraordinary collection. My vintage gown pictured above is by award-winning American fashion designer Victor Joris.
Stay tuned for my future blog post. Until then, here's a short video sampling Paul Brockmann's vintage dress collection favorites.
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ SHOWCASES
FASHION’S ALL-STARS IN SEASON TWO OF
L.A. FROCK STARS
PREMIERING THURSDAY, MARCH 19 AT 9PM ET/PT
Sophomore Season Once Again Features Vintage Fashion Guru
Doris Raymond and Her Hollywood Boutique The Way We Wore®
via Press Release
L.A. FROCK STARS: VINTAGE NINJA Premieres Thursday, March 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT Vintage is in demand on the red carpet like never before, and awards season has seriously depleted the stock at vintage clothing emporium The Way We Wore. Doris needs to replenish her supply of head-turning vintage fashion, so she heads to the twice-yearly Whitaker Auction in New Hope, Pennsylvania. At the pre-auction viewing, a 1957 Dior haute couture dress designed by the man himself gets Doris’s heart pounding, and she’s afraid she could be drawn into bidding for emotional reasons. At the end of the day, something unexpected catches her eye, and when she investigates some boxes at the back of the room, what she finds makes her determined to win these particular lots at any cost. Doris is going to need all her “ninja” skills to beat her heavyhitting rivals to the priceless designs. At the store, Sarah Bergman is about to fly out to join her at the auction, when stylist to the stars Seth Chernoff comes into the store looking for outfits for actress Tori Spelling to wear during her promo tour with her Beverly Hills 90210 pal Jennie Garth for their new TV show Mystery Girls.
L.A. FROCK STARS: VINTAGE REBRANDED Premieres Thursday March 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT Doris’s brand is seen as luxurious and expensive, but she’s worried about missing out on business as a result. The decision is made to re-launch the store’s website to sell more affordable clothing and attract a new, younger clientele. Former employee Kyle offers to style a photo-shoot to brand the new website in line with Doris’s vision, but the clock is ticking. Summer is around the corner, and in order to push her massive collection of accessible wears, the site needs to be launched immediately. But even with the deadline fast approaching, Doris still finds time to dress the fabulous and fashionable Dita von Teese, sell design inspiration to mega-celebrity stylist Jen Rade, take a private tour of the exclusive old celebrity jewelry house Joseff of Hollywood, and indulge in her favorite pastime of all, treasure hunting.
L.A. FROCK STARS: GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD Premieres Thursday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT Top tier fashion stylist Gaelle Paul has a 40-page editorial shoot to style for an international photography magazine. The theme is 1940’s film noir, so she naturally heads to one of her trusted vintage treasure troves, The Way We Wore. That’s a lot of pages to fill, and potentially a lot of press, so the pressure is on. This will be the biggest editorial pull Doris and her staff has ever done. In the midst of the fashion madness, Doris is visited by costume designer Lou Eyrich, Actress Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds), and Rai Alexander, a gorgeous LA artist looking for her first ever red carpet dress.