Nautical was part of the 1960 FAO exclusive Royal Tour Trousseau. It was also available as an extra Madame Alexander boxed outfit. This, along with a handful of other extra boxed outfits in 1960, came at the end of the career of Cissy as a mid century fashion doll that featured extra clothing and accessories. In hind sight, this was the curtain call after seven years for this large fashion doll. Cissy set the fashion doll standard for the American doll market. To confuse things just a bit, there was also a 1958 Nautical for both Cissy and Elise with red pleated skirt and a white jacket.
The 1960 Nautical was also available as an extra boxed outfit for Elise. The halter top is a remarkable application created with lingerie elastic... the midriff detail shows how tuned in Cissy was to the fashion of her day! The 1950s delighted in whimsy, and sailor and nautical inspired designs fit well with this love of novelty and themes — its popularity remained consistent throughout the decade. The hugely popular 1958 movie South Pacific made these nautical and yachting themes more and more popular going right into the 60s.
The launch of Barbie in 1959, along with a tremendous boost with the help of her TV ads on the Mickey Mouse Club and other children's programing changed the manufacturing pecking order. The course the business side of the doll industry would take, along with the newly morphed image of the American fashion doll, was dramatically redefined.