Madame Alexander and her mid-century fashion sensibilities is a fascinating study. One of her twists is the element of surprise - a little something that is not entirely expected. Fast forward, and that has become the norm in fashion and design, but not so much in the 1950s fashion dolls. Design is one of the reasons particular dolls became popular, and they still hold our fascination. For this featured doll, Cissy is all about the hat. A relatively demure outfit comes alive with a dash of pinks and texture that gives an added punch of the unexpected. Millenary played a long time ingredient in the dolls by Madame Alexander. It is very possible it was reinforced by the experience of her husband coming from a background of hats and millenary. Part of the charm Madame’s hats added to her dolls was that they were very well conceived in their execution, proportions, colors, and textures.
PEPA & CO., LONDON
Traditional Children’s Clothing
Preferred clothier for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Pepa & Co. has become a recognized worldwide brand, known for its beautifully designed, clothing collections for newborns, babies, and children, up to 8 years old. Pepa & Co. is a London based brand, whose clothing is made in Spain using the highest quality materials. Their manufacturing processes are closely monitored to ensure all clothing is being produced in a fair and ethical way.
Revisiting the Dolls and Automata
After experiencing the opening of the Barry Museum, I decided to revisit to see if my impression was the same. So, again, what a thrill to have this beautiful museum with both its art collections and it’s exceptional and beautifully curated doll and automata collections here in Norfolk/Hampton Roads. The art is uplifting and interactive - the dolls and automata are such a unique opportunity to observe and absorb. The cross-section of the visitors gives insight into the range of interest in collections that strike a universal appeal.
1950s ADVERTISING SKETCHES
“Cissy” by Madame Alexander
Looking at some of the 1950s newspaper advertising in the dolledition.com archives, I noticed about half the ads are photos, usually using the newspaper mats and prints provided by the Alexander Doll Company, and half used sketches from their own art department. These are quite different from each other. Sometimes “Cissy” is handled as if created for a fashion department layout, and sometimes it’s more of a suggestion of “Cissy,” with minimal detail. Newspaper ads and store catalogs are ways to help identify “Cissy” for the correct year, as there are quite a few of “Cissy” that were not shown in the Alexander Company Catalog, and are hard to give an accurate date.