Revisiting my 2008 article, I was flooded with memories regarding a journey I was beginning at the time which I’m still making. I was renewing my interest in researching “Cissy” and the world of Madame Alexander and the Alexander Doll Company. The concept of the fashion doll actually started for me with antique dolls. My mother had recently passed away, and her longtime collecting had led her through years and years of research and discovery. Some of this rubbed off on me as I was growing up. I found myself starting to take my interest in “Cissy” in different directions of how, when, where and who of curating.
In this article, several areas of research were starting to evolve. The relationship of F.A.O. Schwarz to Madame Alexander was one of those. The interaction of the two companies was fascinating and showcased the expertise of both. “Cissy” as a fashion doll reveals layers of information to mid-century fashion and fashion trends. This outfit shows the influence of men’s fashion that was being expressed, among others, by Dior in his work. The chatelaine watch was a fashion trend popular at the moment - having returned from its Victorian popularity, and Georgian before that. The “cloche” hat is an additional fashion detail “Cissy” wears in this No. 2114 production of 1957. As fashion trends tend to do, the style is a revival of a long time millenary favorite. The texture of the straw, scale, and proportion to this “New Look” world of fashion and its fascination with color were all reflected in this one hat translated for “Cissy.”
RODNEY WALLER AUCTION PART 2
MARCH 17, 2019 at 11AM
Sunday, March 17, 2019. Time has come for Beatrice Alexander, signature American dollmaker and designer, to take her rightful place among antique dolls. Nearly 90 years have passed since her dolls first appeared, and for more than a half century she stood as a symbol of excellence, ingenuity, and marketing mastery in the world of American dolls. Collector Rodney Waller noted this many years ago, and began a quest to find the rarest of the rarest of her dolls, prizing originality and excellence of condition as well as rarity. This is Session II of his two-part auction, featuring the mid-century dolls, 1948-1970, of Madame Alexander.
"MARGARET” THE REBEL PRINCESS"
FEB. 10 - 17, 2019 at 10/9c
This intimate two-part series profiles Princess Margaret, whose life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed the western world during the 20th century. With sumptuous archive and revealing interviews, the series follows Margaret’s life as she re-defined our image of the modern princess. This deeply personal account reveals how Princess Margaret’s character combined the rebellious force of modernity and respect for tradition.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
DREAMWORKS - OPENS FEBRUARY 21, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American computer-animated action fantasy film loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) and the final installment in the How to Train Your Dragon film trilogy. Written and directed by Dean DeBlois, the film stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, and F. Murray Abraham. The film's plot concerns Hiccup seeking a dragon utopia called "The Hidden World" upon finding another Night Fury.