One of the fascinations for collectors of Cissy is the layers and nuance of fashion the dolls wardrobe represents so accurately. This swing coat is another example of Madame Alexander capturing the essence of the period. The swing coat silhouette was first introduced in the late 1940's by Jacques Faith, which was a great shape to cover up the new full skirts and an ideal silhouette for the post war high pregnancy rate. Calling it "The Trapeze Line", Yves St Laurent would also embrace the swing coat for Dior in 1958.
As for any well groomed woman of the fifties, it’s all about completing the look. That meant coordinating gloves, a matching hat, and purse. Following the hat crazed 1940s, hats were in style during the 1950s, especially using lots of embellishments. Veils on hats were very popular, as was fur or feather trim. Toward the later 1950s, hats were often covered in dramatic floral decorations.
Women’s shoes in the 50s were quite delicate looking in comparison to their chunky 40s predecessors. Stiletto heels were highly fashionable, which added to the dainty look, particularly variations on strapped styles were popular at this time. This all tied into the new concept of separates. The previous couture culture was showing severe cracks in the Paris fashion houses. The concept of pieces that could be mixed and matched was born to help keep these design houses in business, and to react to a changing post war world that was moving in new directions.