Another year for dolledtion.com has almost past, and where to now? Cissy is looking towards the new year, and wonders the same. It certainly has been an interesting journey. I do see new articles in different magazines in the horizon — and the new assistant editor for one magazine. The Littlest Ghosts of The Garden have asked about their own Facebook page — they certainly seem to have more adventures to share! Oh yes, I almost forgot... there is My Debutante for 2016 and debuting here to bring in the New Year. This time, My Debutante will celebrate it's clothing designer, the late Richard Bostard, but also other wonderful and talented creators that I've been able to work with.
Our featured Cissy in this issue of the dolledtion blog is a 1957 Cissy, with the style No. 2114. There is a lavender version of this that is much more familiar. The lavender version is sometimes referred to as "Summer Morning". I can't verify that the blue version was sold separately as a boxed doll, however it was used as the doll for a trunk set. This is an exceptional example for several reasons. Starting with the doll itself, this doll is a beautiful example of the 1957 painted finish used by Alexander - which transitioned mid year into an infused finish. This may have been right at the transition point when the painted cheek color was it's most intense. The hair is interesting because the bobbed wigs had transitioned to a tighter curl with shorter hair from the longer curled wigs of 1955 and 1956. The tailored striped shirt retains its original flower which is so often missing. It's a charming example of the occasionally impractical but always lovely accents Alexander sometimes used. However, if the doll was even lightly played with, these accents, as with the flower on the dolls shirt, could very likely come off and be lost forever.