The Elise Ballerina... Alexander needed the right model and voila - Elise was created with adjustable ankles to accommodate a huge trend sweeping the country. Not only as a doll, but fashion was gobbling up elements of ballet costume design into couture fashion. Not only the ballerina length (3/4 length or tea length), but tulle and the ballet slipper were huge. The leotard used for practice became very fashionable too, especially when Audrey Hepburn, a ballerina herself, wore one in the 1957 movie (Think Pink!) Funny Face. Choreographer Balanchine remade American Ballet in his own image and classical Russian training — very thin and very young ballerina's were now in. Elise was the right doll at the right time.