Part of the fascination of collecting period fashion doll's are their representation of fashion of the era. This relatively sedate sheer shadow print is full of mid century references. Cissy being as up to date as she was, it's always fascinating to study her details.
Sheer dresses worn over a flesh colored slip became popular in the 1950s. These sheer dresses were often made in pale soft colors like white and sherbet tones. For evening, sheer dresses could also be seen in a wide spectrum of gray colors. These grays could range from a dark charcoal to a light and wispy hue of mist.
The shirtwaist dress was a very popular version of the full-skirted dress. Shirtwaist dresses, or shirtwaists for short, had a fitted button-down top, like a blouse, that ended at the waist. The buttons would extend a little bit below the waist for getting in and out of the dress. A full gathered/pleated or circle skirt completed the bottom. Sleeves were often cap, short or elbow length, and could also be full long sleeves. Sleeves were cuffed at the ends. The collars were usually pointed or small peter pan collars.
The large picture hat was a popular millenary device to balance out the very full skirts of the period. Literally every activity had an outfit and every outfit had a hat. Hats added the final touch of glamour to a woman or girl's ensemble. Last year's dress or suit could be updated easily with a new hat or a fresh ornament such as flowers, an autumnal bunch of acorns and leaves.
Fashion in the 1950s brought the world out of the conservative war years and into the dazzling ’50s. Metallic colors for strappy shoes were a popular trend of the era, as were rhinestone buttons and even rhinestones applied to clothing. After so many years of depression and war, sparkle and glitter was incorporated in sometimes the most unusual places — for both adults and children. Rhinestone jewelry was also very popular for earrings, broaches and necklaces. There were a number of companies producing some enchanting pieces, and costume jewelry took on a life of its own.