Madame Alexander did the gowns of the Princess Margaret Rose Bridesmaids in different colors — shades of pink and blue are more familiar. This is a lovely buttercup yellow organdy with pink taffeta underneath. The affect has an iridescent feature to it that's both romantic and unexpected. The soft pink roses in the dolls hair, dress and bouquet all reinforce this feature. This c. 1953 doll touches on both the perennial favorite theme of the wedding party, but also the British royal family. Princess Margaret herself would have been about 22, and becoming a huge celebrity on her own by now. Her early relationship with Peter Townsend (just divorced and older man) would just now becoming headline news, giving Margaret both the status of royal princess but a media celebrity. When her sister, now Queen Elizabeth, had to deny permission to marry Peter Townsend, Princess Margaret became an international icon for tragic young love.
The Alexander Doll Company has had no shortage of glorious, elegant, magnificent and remarkable examples of brides and their companion bridesmaids over the decades as part of their line of dolls. The genre lends itself to interpretation, and look especially stunning when paired together in a collection. The colors and textures, the theater and the glory of Alexander meld together to create a visual spectacle in itself. Lissy briefly graced the pages of the Alexander catalogs and store shelves from 1956-1958. Her last year did introduce a new variation of Lissy, without joined elbows or knees and flat feet - Oh, those Louis heels of the earlier dolls!
Lissy was around for a few more years as Little Women Beth, Jo, Amy and Meg. Her period as a young teenage 12" fashion doll is very endearing. FAO Schwarz sometimes referred to Lissy as a "Sub-Deb" doll, which I think helps fit her into the Cissy, Elise, Cissette lineup better. Madame liked to have her dolls active young people, but mostly the kind of active that required a specific outfit. As Lissy, she was always well turned out. She would morph into Kelly in 1959 and Pamela in 1963, and be used for a number of glamours specials in 1962-1963. Besides some of the classic story book characters, Lissy would be used for the iconic one hundredth anniversary special for FAO in 1962 featuring Katie and Tommy. Finally, in 1964, Lissy were was used for two of the Van Trapp Family children for the Sound of Music.