Elise got an unexpected career boost when both Cissy and Jacqueline were retired in 1962. There were no more large 21-inch fashion dolls for the Madame Alexander glamor treatment. 17-inch Elise, all of a sudden, came out of the sidelines to become the 1960s, and early 1970s fashion model for the long-running "Elise Takes a Trip" trunk sets put out by FAO Schwarz. Always a feature of their Christmas catalog, The trunks would use an Elise from that year's line, extra clothing from the Elise separates and add a few pieces provided by FAO to complete the trunks.
While nothing as on point as the fashion Barbie was modeling, Elise did get pieces that were definitely "of the moment" and quite charming in their own way. This set has a "midi" length coat that was a reflection of the mini, maxi, and midi length wars of the times. There is a "granny" dress that was part of the hippy era, or for Elise, the folk music movement. The bell bottom pants set are another piece from this eclectic era driven by youth and their look-at-me-fashion, or at least the fashion that was pushed on them.