The historic heart of Stanley

Costumes

Until relatively recently clothing in the Falkland Islands would generally have been chosen for its practicality, but the fashion-conscious generally favoured the trends that were popular in Great Britain, albeit somewhat belatedly.

 
With months-old magazines and “mail-order” catalogues offering inspiration, ladies in the 1800s could be dressing in fashions already a year old by the time patterns and materials were selected, sent for, and made up. These pieces would then be adapted or passed on to other family members - although our costume collection is quite small, many of the items have clearly had pieces added or removed to give new life to an old garment, or been taken in for a new wearer.