It's that time of year — formal evening gowns for the "season". This stunning mint in box 1957 Cissy # 2173 black velvet evening gown is a wonderful example of doll-as-art. The Alexander Doll Company defined their business concept early on: The long established design traditions of Europe and the cutting edge technology of America with design themes coming from both current events, arts and literature. Thats all part of the beauty of these dolls is that they document so well the era they come from as it was translated into their designs for an upscale market. This #2173 Cissy is in itself, a marvel of technology in the use of plastics, vinyl, synthetic wigs, and finishing techniques.
The fashion chosen by Alexander had marvelous mannequins with the right proportions to display, in the case of Cissy, what was coming down the fashion runways. New York, being the target market of most of the fashion houses of Europe, could not have situated better for Alexander to be based. These fashions immediately appeared in stores, store windows and the fashion magazines. Remarkably, many nuances of fashion would also appear on Cissy - part of her immense charm today. Barbie would soon take notice, and on her introduction use the same concept for their own brand of fashion doll.