For those who like details — some of the fashion, millinery, shoe and jewelry details used for Cissy can make your eyes nearly tear-up in the many wonderful flourishes used for Cissy... Madame Alexander's mid century 21 inch fashion doll. When every item used to manufacture a doll is priced out, this must have been the make or break time for the dolls final manufacturing cost. Sometimes these lovely details are totally impractical for a real play doll, Cissy had an abundant assortment of floral, jewelry and sewing details and accents to admire.
Other manufactures like Ideal's Revlon Doll was created for the more rough and tumble play time of little girls — their rooted hair really could be washed, combed and "restyled". Our more demure Cissy was maybe more often than not a young ladies last doll, and more for looking at and admired than for the bath tub. A tug of war of hard plastic vs vinyl also played into the fashion doll of choice. Most of Alexander's competition had switched to the more durable vinyl dolls with rooted hair by 1957. Cissy would retain her hard plastic head and body with vinyl arms and wig until her final year in 1962. Her predecessor, introduced in 1961, 21 inch Jacqueline would be the first all vinyl fashion doll with rooted hair in the companies production.