While the attention to what a fashion doll wears is often the top layer, it all start's at the beginning few actually see. The mid-century fashion doll "Cissy" was a reflection of a new decade of a particular silhouette that had to be shaped and controlled by an understructure of garments and lingerie so that the clothes worn would have the desired effect.
The boxy, practical and comfortable 40s was out. Ultra feminine looks and structure in garments for various activities that reflect how the "modern" women should dress. Formatted construction and design would also change the themes 1930s and 40s fashion designers like Schiaparelli and Chanel who both promoted new practicality and versatility of fashion for designers like Dior whose concept demanded control to achieve a particular shape.
Besides the many ensembles "Cissy" wore on her arrival out of the box, she also was produced as a "basic doll," presented in lingerie that changed slightly each retail season.
Featured here on dolledition.com is a three-piece lingerie ensemble consisting of a tagged shear black slip and black lace bra and matching undies. Part of the function of a mid-century fashion doll was to teach little girls how things worked and how it all came together. After all, for little girls growing into young ladies, one of the most important parts of her life would be the art of looking the part.