Cissy ushering in 2018 with dolledition.com is celebrating the New Year the way any great fashion doll would - with fashion! Cissy has made a special appearance here and has left her box and photographed. Cissy is very fashionable in this 1956 pink taffeta side-drape gown. Wearing a long torso gown of shell pink taffeta with a beautiful decolletage and diagonal side drapery held in place by jeweled clips. Matching pink roses beautifully frame her face. The whimsical tulle and a floral purse are attached to a rhinestone bracelet. Her jewelry includes a blush pink pearl necklace some of the boxed dolls in the pink side-drape gown wore. Her hips and waistline are all accented and elongated by the prominent side-drape.
Greco-Roman influence, togas, capes, wraps, Asian and Eastern influence were huge in this mid-century era of fashion. Pink, lavender, and lilac were among the colors favored by designers. While starting on the Paris runways, many of these trends would then filter into retail, with the robust American market driving fashion in a way never dreamed of before WWII. Madame Alexander took many fashion trends for Cissy, explicitly designed as a fashion doll with the right proportions that could properly wear the design coming from Paris that was very structured and demanded a redefined body shape. This would be the last renaissance for couture fashion. Dior would pass away in 1957. Ready to wear, or "prêt-à-porter" would gradually bring in new designers and a younger audience. The 1960s would abandon restrictive form-fitting design for a more relaxed fashion that hugged the body.