Cissy being a fashion doll, is wearing fashion of the later 1950s. Madame Alexander had Cissy repeatedly right in style — which is part of Cissy's extraordinary popularity today with collectors. Shirt dresses were sometimes called "shirtwaist dresses" or "shirtmaker dress" when they first became fashionable during the 1950s. The 1950s version of the shirtdress was launched as part of Dior's post–World War II "new look" couture designs, with a full skirt held up by wearing a crinoline. They often featured a notched collar, and elbow-length sleeves with cuffs — with design details taken right from men's dress shirts.
More informal versions of the shirtdress, made of cotton, but retaining the full skirt and collar, became a staple part of many women's wardrobes during the 1950s, with designers such as Anne Fogarty becoming known for their versions. This shirtmaker dress is accented with another feature of the 1950s — rhinestone buttons. The American South was uniquely situated for its production of the hugely popular use of cotton in both ready to wear, and French couture fashion. Its versatility, comfort and beauty made cotton, cotton prints and it's numerous variations a world wide trend.