In a sea of satin, puff sleeves and silk fabrics Jan-Roger Elstad worships his collecting mania. Since he started in 1991, the wedding dress collection has grown to 375 items.
– It’s all about beauty, dreams and love, says Jan-Roger Elstad to NRK.
Most of the 375 dresses has been given to him or bought at secondhand shops. One of them is black and dates back to 1877. He owns dresses made from parachute silk from World War II, and of course fairy tale creations from the 1980s with lavish puff sleeves and dramatic trains.
– When the ladies enter the room, they become absolutely silent. And then, they go totally crazy, Elstad tells.
For over 20 years he has been collecting something very few – if any – other men collect.
– I wanted to take care of a part of our culture, he explains.
People collect many things, but Elstad is still one-of-a-kind. He admits that he understands those who wonder about his choice of “mania”.
He maintains, however, that it was a very conscious choice.
– I wanted to do something that no other man had ever done before. But I admit, I was nervous about how this would be accepted when it came out in the open, he said.
Editor’s note: To ThorNews’ knowledge, Jan-Roger Elstad has not received any negative attention regarding his hobby after the story was presented in the very popular Norwegian television program Norge Rundt.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Source and photo: NRK