“Maggie Mixup” was produced in a period of change for the Alexander Doll Company. A transformation of “Elise” was used for the 16.5-inch version of “Maggie Mixup” - and an 8-inch version used “Wendy.” This is a demure doll, representing a young teenage girl who herself might be phasing out of dolls. Alexander was committing more and more dolls to vinyl, but Maggie Mixup still has a hard plastic head using the Madame Alexander mid-century tradition of saran wigs. The company catalog describes her with a new “So-Lite plastic body” and describes Maggie as “saucy with red-gold hair.” The jointed ankles, versatile when used for Elise in high heels or ballet slippers, are now wearing flats. “Maggie Mixup” wears the new rage of young fashion - the Capezio style slipper.
The Madame Alexander company catalog for 1960 and 1961 gives the doll an unusually full description. There was probably a great deal of thought in the concept and design of the doll and her costuming. The Alexander doll company was phasing out of the large 21-inch fashion doll, but in contrast, was introducing large 36 and 30-inch dolls “Joanie” and “Betty,” the size of real children. With Barbie tied into TV advertising, Maggie Mixup may have had a hard time finding an audience of her own. Not a fashion doll and not a child, Maggie Mixup was caught right in-between the two and had a short but distinguished career with Madame Alexander.
Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color
September 7, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color is organized by the museum’s director and chief curator, Dr. Valerie Steele. Pink features approximately 80 ensembles from the 18th century to the present, with examples by designers and brands such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Alessandro Michele of Gucci, Jeremy Scott of Moschino, and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by Thames & Hudson and a free symposium on October 19, 2018, that will be livestreamed.
The Downton Abbey Movie Is Officially Filming
Before there was The Crown, there was everyone’s other favorite prestige soap about wealthy Brits arguing passive aggressively in beautiful homes: Downton Abbey, which hasn’t been on the air since 2016 but which captured our Anglophilic hearts and minds for six seasons. Thankfully, we’re getting the Downton movie, which we now know has officially started filming, thanks to an Instagram post from Michelle Dockery, aka Lady Mary.