1959 was a very interesting year for the ever-changing progression of Cissy by Madame Alexander. The 1958 company doll catalog showed the first hint that Cissy's dominance within Madame Alexander was slowing. 1958 had just a few less dolls than the 1955-1957 catalogs. In 1959, this same catalog would show just three Cissy's - a bride and the above No. 2120 and the below gold skirted No. 2115. There was also a 1959 Queen available that was not shown in the company catalog, but was advertised in the 1959 FAO Schwarz catalog. The available extra wardrobe for Cissy was not as plentiful, but there were some very interesting outfits in some strong color combinations for 1959. If you look at this year as a collection, it was punctuated by color.
Also available this year was Shari Lewis. This was technically a novelty doll with a one year contract to produce the 21" and 14" Shari Lewis doll based on Shari Lewis, the hugely popular TV celebrity of children's programming. In addition to the Shari Lewis dolls shown in the company catalog, there were several other dolls available but not shown in the company's catalog. It's possible these were mid year introductions. Again, when looked at as a collection, 1959 was a particularly colorful group of fashion dolls for Alexander.
All in all, combining Cissy, Shari Lewis and Elise, the large fashion doll was still well represented, and a strong part of Alexander's dolls for 1959. This was the same year Mattel introduced Barbie, which created a dramatic shift in the world of the fashion doll. In 1960, Barbie's popularity would bring and end to the mid century dominance of the large fashion doll.