Part of the fascination of collecting fashion dolls is analyzing the fashion of that moment as it was translated in miniature. In 1956, “Cissy” got her first pants ensemble in “Cissy Shopping.” Pants were a hot topic at that time. Begrudgingly excepted by a few and specifically banned by others, a more modern approach welcomed the comfort and freedom pants offered. While much boxier and industrial styled pants, or even wearing your husbands pants, were part of the 40s war era years, pants were now becoming fashionable. In the 1930s, both Chanel and Schiaparelli promoted pants and a general dressing more comfortably (and practically) to their circle of chic clientele (and Hollywood.) 1950s American TV would be one of the leaders in taking pants mainstream, with Lucile Ball famously wearing them regularly on her show “I Love Lucy.”
“Cissy” would not just get pants, she specifically got “cigarette” pants. When pants went fashionable, there became any number of styles - capris pants, toreador and pedal pushers also became popular, with a nuance of length difference and design options. Ankle length cigarette pants were designed to be flattering, usually lined to keep the fit smooth, tailored and high waisted, side zipper with a wide band (three inches) at the top. There were many design detail options at the waist including a v-notch or narrow belts worn in the middle of the waistband (keeping the silhouette slim.)
Then there is “Cissy’s” hat - she’s wearing the very fashionable pagoda which came in any number of style and material variations. Natural straw imported from Switzerland, Italy and the far east lent an exotic seaside or folksy feel to summer clothing. The new synthetic straws allowed new pastel colors to coordinate with summer dresses and pants. A favorite of Parisian designers, the pagoda (or coolie) hat could be quite broad, or snug in its circumference.
By now, handbags and purses were very much thought of as an integral accessory with which to complete the overall ‘look.’ Hats, gloves, shoes, belt, scarf, and bag were all expected to coordinate together. There was a new trend in straw bags for summer and for shoulder bags. They could be woven wood slats, raffia, straw, and even plastic. Some featured additional flowers, fruits, and leaves inspired by the popular tiki party theme.
TOY STORY 4
June 21, 2019
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy…