Madame Alexander may have vicariously lived through her dolls - her own childhood was pretty rough. She had a strong philosophy that dolls and children should look alike - “A doll can undoubtedly become a child’s best friend and stimulate a child's imagination.” “Do you want the doll to perform and the child to sit there?” - she once asked in response to the lack of gimmicks found with her dolls.
The juvenile dolls she created are the personification of an idyllic world that American children could perhaps pursue in reality, and not have to work the long hours as a premature adult. As with her fashion dolls, these dolls had a busy social calendar that required appropriate attire.
This 15” Binnie with blond braided pigtails is MIB, numbered #1511. She is wearing a chartreuse gingham checked taffeta dress sprinkled with rhinestones and rickrack trim. All of this is set off by red shoes and matching hair ribbon - crowned with white straw millenary. Rhinestones seem misplaced in children's clothing, but rhinestones were a huge trend after World War II along with the immensely popular introduction of costume jewelry. Part of the endless fascination of these wonderful vintage dolls are their reference to the trends and fashion of their day - which Madame would immediately absorb into her own fashion-forward designs.