Cissy came into the 1955 New York Toy Fair with her head up and a big smile on her face — it was showtime and a do-or-die moment if there ever was one. What buyers bought, or didn't buy, would play an essential part of the fortunes of the Alexander Doll Company. There was a little explaining to do to these buyers of that 1955 Toy Market, but Cissy would go on to change the fashion doll universe.
Shown here, is one of the first ensembles of that first year. It's an intriguing combination of sober black taffeta with pink accents in the hat, accessories and can-can petticoat. Cissy carries a Lucite purse filled with the accessories any debutante would appreciate. Lucite itself was a fascinating detail. Much lighter than glass, and used for aircraft canopies during WWII, Lucite was used fashionably in the 1950s for jewelry, purses, shoes and home furnishings.
Another interesting detail is the rhinestone bracelet Cissy is wearing. Costume jewelry and rhinestones, in particular, was now the fashion rage. Shiny, sparkly, coordinated pieces and matched sets get embraced at all levels of fashion. From the Paris runway to the department store and five and dime — the design, assortment, and appreciation were immense. Of course, there was the real deal in fine jewelry, but costume jewelry was in its renaissance with fabulous choices.