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Elise’s ballerina outfits can be tricky to identify because most of them are very similar with only small changes from year to year.

Please note: Alexander used the same stock numbers repeatedly. The number at the end of the description refers to the source where a photo of the outfit may be found. See legend at bottom of page.

#1635 – 1957 – Pale or deep pink or blue ballerina tutu with attached nylon tulle skirt, satin bodice decorated with flowers has satin ribbon shoulder straps that tie in back; circlet of flowers in hair; pink tights; satin ballet slippers. Some have skirt sprinkled with sequins.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#1712 – 1958 – Pink ballerina costume; same as #1635 of 1957.

#1725 – 1958 – Pink ballerina tutu has skirt of multiple layers of nylon tulle, attached satin bodice with ruff of pleated tulle around neckline and floral sash; floral headpiece; nylon tights; satin ballet slippers. B&W in #1, color in #7

#1810 – 1959 – Gold Ballerina outfit with attached full gold net skirt, neckline trimmed with sequins; gold sequined tiara; pink tights; gold ballet slippers; gold earrings. Matches Cissette outfit #713. Color in #2 and #12

#1720 – 1960 – Ballerina tutu of shell pink pleated nylon tulle with satin bodice, decorated with rosebuds and rhinestones; shoulders straps are of tulle and there is a tulle sash gathered at the waist; coronet of flowers; nylon tights; ballet slippers. B&W in #1

#1825 – 1961 – Ballerina tutu with multilayered tulle skirt and taffeta bodice trimmed with flowers; shoulder straps are of tulle; coronet of flowers; tights; ballet slippers. B&W in #1

#1740 – 1962 – Tulle ballerina tutu in blue, pink or white has bodice decorated with sequins, attached tulle skirt sprinkled with rosebuds; pink hose; pink ballet slippers; rhinestone earrings. The blue version has gold sequins with a matching sequined headband; white version has white sequins; pink version has pink sequins and a headband of rosebuds. Color (blue version) in #2 and #6

#1720 – 1963 – Pink or Blue ballerina costume of satin bodysuit; separate pleated tulle tutu skirt with tiny pink roses, blue satin ribbon waistband; headband of pink roses; pale pink tights and ballet slippers; tiny rhinestone earrings.
#? – Year? – Blue tutu has satin bodice, gathered tulle around the armholes but not the neckline; pleated tulle skirt; spray of pink rosebuds hangs from waist and pink rosebuds scattered on skirt; tights and ballet slippers. Sold as an extra outfit.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Sources for this page include:

  1. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1942-1962, Vol. 1″ published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  2. “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Sturges Uhl
  3. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls” by Patricia R. Smith
  4. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls: Second Series” by Patricia R. Smith
  5. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls Price Guide #23″ by Linda Crowsey
  6. “Madame Alexander ‘Little People’” by Marge Biggs
  7. “The Golden Age of American Dolls 1945-65″ by Cynthia Gaskill
  8. “Glamour Dolls of the 1950s and 1960s” by Polly and Pam Judd
  9. “American Dolls From The Post-War Era, 1945-1965″ by Florence Theriault
  10. “Patricia Smith’s Doll Values, Antique to Modern, Fifth Series”
  11. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1963-1972, Vol. 2″ published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  12. “Collector’s Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander Dolls, 1948-65″ by Linda Crowsey



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The first face of Elise, 1957-63.

Alexander’s Elise is the sometimes overlooked “middle sister” of their family of glamour dolls. Her sweet charm makes her a favorite of many collectors, however, and while she is most often found as a bride or ballerina, her day dresses and evening gowns are worth the search. Many of her outfits match Cissy and Cissette outfits. In 1958, Elise was sold as “Sweet 16″ in the FAO Schwarz catalog.

The second face of Elise, 1962-64.

Body Construction
The first version of her, manufactured from 1957 to 1963, is 16.5″ tall and hard plastic with vinyl arms. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles. She has sleep eyes with brush lashes and a glued-on wig. In 1962, Elise grew to 17″ tall with a vinyl head, although the hard plastic version continued to be produced. In 1962 and ’63, some versions of Elise were made with the pouty Marybel head mold, also in vinyl (see photo below). Elise’s jointed ankles enable her to wear flats, high heels or ballet slippers.

The hard plastic Elise head and body molds were also used for other dolls, including redhead Maggie Mixup in 1961, and Queen Elizabeth II, Scarlett O’Hara and Renoir Portrait in 1963.

Elise disappeared from the catalog in 1965 and returned in 1966 in a redesigned version without the joints at her knees, elbows and ankles. Elise dolls have continued to be produced occasionally throughout the years since.

The third face of Elise, 1962-63.

Markings
Elise is marked “Alexander” on the back of her head, below the hairline, and “Mme. Alexander” on her back.

Clothing
Visit the Elise’s Outfits, 1957-59 and 1960-64 pages for descriptions of her clothing.

Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls



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Note: the number at the end of the description refers to the source where a photo of the outfit may be found. See legend at bottom of page.

The following Portrait dolls used the Cissy head and body, but instead of being called Cissy, were sold under the names listed.

#2071 – 1955 – Scarlett
Soft white cotton gown with square neckline, lace and red ribbon trim. B&W in #3

#? – 1961 – Godey
Pale lavender satin or pink taffeta gown with two rows of matching narrow braid trim near hemline, flowers at waist; darker lavender jacket with trim to match gown, elaborate trim & fringe at cuffs; lavender straw hat with flowers, tied with blue or lavender tulle; full slip; lavender heels; iridescent earrings; solitaire ring. Color in #2, #6 and #7

#2230 – 1961 – Queen Elizabeth
Gold brocade gown; sash of the garter and jewels; long white fingerless gloves; tiara; jeweled earrings, solitaire ring and bracelets. Color in #8. Also with three piece brocade, short coat costume, pill box hat of tulle.

#2235 – 1961 – Melanie

Deep blue satin sleeveless gown with v-neck; white lace long jacket; cameo necklace. Color in #2 and #8

#2240 – 1961 – Scarlett O’Hara
Blue taffeta gown with black braid trim; matching coat & bonnet; crinoline petticoat; lace mitts; velvet reticule; cameo necklace; rhinestone earrings; tiny watch pin. Color in #2 and #8

#2245 – 1961 – Lissy
Mauve pink organdy sleeveless gown with overskirt of matching accordian-pleated tulle in three tiers, trimmed with gold sequins, flowers at waist; taffeta full hoop slip with six-inch tulle ruffle at hem; pink taffeta panties; stockings; silver sandals. Color in #2 and #8

#? – 1961 – Melanie?
Red moire taffeta long-sleeved gown with black braid trim; black feather boa; black straw hat with flowers; solitaire ring. Color in #7 and #8

Renoir Cissy by Madame Alexander #2250 – 1961 – Renoir
Yellow satin gown with full skirt; matching jacket with black sequin trim; black sequin handbag; large floral headpiece with black veil; full net petticoat; white taffeta panties; black sandals; cameo earrings & necklace; diamond ring.
Godey Cissy by Madame Alexander Godey Cissy by Madame Alexander

#2260 – 1962 – Godey
Gown with white organdy bodice trimmed with lace and rhinestones, bright orange skirt with pleated ruffles; orange velvet short jacket with elbow-length sleeves trimmed with white lace; natural straw hat with flowers, pink veil pulled to the back and tied with a bow and streamers; jeweled earrings, ring; amethyst & rhinestone wrist pendant on
long chain.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller lamoretti.

#2180 – 1962 – Queen Elizabeth II
Gold brocade gown; red & blue sash of the order of Bath; single loop tiara with one double loop in center front, three large stones; long crinoline slip; taffeta panties; gold slippers; long white fingerless gloves; two rhinestone bracelets; earrings; solitaire ring. Color in #2

#? – 1961-62 – Scarlett
White organdy gown with v-neck and elbow length sleeves trimmed in lace, three tiered skirt, dark green satin ribbon trimming neckline and skirt tiers, cameo brooch; large white hat with flowers; pearl drop earrings; ring.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Sources for this page include:

  1. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1942-1962, Vol. 1″ published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  2. “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Victoria Sturges Uhl
  3. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls” by Patricia R. Smith
  4. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls: Second Series” by Patricia R. Smith
  5. “American Dolls From the Post-War Era 1945-1965″ by Florence Theriault
  6. “The Golden Age of American Dolls 1945-1965″ by Cynthia Gaskill

  7. “Cissy: Identification and Price Guide” by A. Glenn Mandeville & Benita Cohen Schwartz
  8. “Madame Alexander Dolls 1948-1965″ by Linda Crowsey

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See also: Main Cissy pageRoyalty & Wedding outfitsFull-length Evening GownsShort Gowns & Ankle-length DressesOne piece DressesDresses with Jackets, Capes or CoatsSeparatesSleepwear & Underwear

Note: the number at the end of the description refers to the source where a photo of the outfit may be found. See legend at bottom of page.

Click on the thumbnail to view a larger photo.

Outerwear

These were all boxed fashions.

#21-31 – Red coat with black and white polka dot bow; skirt of the same fabric as the bow; natural straw hat. 1957.

#? – Year? – Red velvet coat, red daisy closure at neckline; natural straw hat with matching daisies. Color in #7.

#? – Year? – Full length white satin opera coat, large red velvet bow at neckline. Color in #7

#? – 1955 – Rose velvet coat with peter pan collar, three matching buttons. Color in #7

#? – 1956 – Garnet or green velvet coat, no collar, long sleeves with cuffs; matching hat appears to be straw with flowers. B&W in #7

#? – 1957 – Pink spring coat, taffeta lined, peter pan collar, flowers at neckline. Hat was sold separately. B&W in #7

#? – 1957 – Buff colored faux fur swing coat, matching hat and muff. Color in #7

#? – 1958 – Navy flannel coat with large collar, red bow at neckline, long sleeves have cuffs; navy straw hat with flowers and veil. Color in #7.

#? – 1959 – Wool coat & matching hat in choice of brown, coral or royal blue. Other colors may have been available.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

Accessories

Cissy’s accessories were sold in many different sets. Here are some of the combinations that were available.

Blue plastic comb, brush and mirror; six metal hair curlers; blonde braid and hair piece; four hairpins with pink and yellow satin bows; hairnet; hair lotion and hair cream; 2 plastic compacts and lipstick.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#22-90 – year? – Pink mirror & comb; rhinestone bracelet; black & white cameo on black velvet ribbon; watch on gold chain; white hankie with lace edging; tortoiseshell-type sunglasses with flowers at corners; pearl earrings; floral bouquet in clear plastic box with carrying strap. Color in #2

#? – Year? – Faux fur stole with pink roses; sunglasses; jeweled watch pin; rhinestone bracelet, ring and earrings; pearl necklace and earrings; bouquet of flowers in clear plastic purse; white hankie with lace trim; elastic-strap sandals; nylon hose. Variations in color of stole, sunglasses and shoes exist. Color in #7

#? – 1955 – High heeled elastic strap sandals and nylon stockings.

#? – 1956 – Mink stole; evening bag; glasses; ring; bracelet.

#? – 1957 – Faux fur stole with flowers; glasses; cameo on ribbon; purse (?). B&W in #1

#? – 1957 – Faux fur stole with flowers; gold slippers; nylon stockings; sunglasses; handbag; hankie.

Sources for this page include:

  1. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1942-1962, Vol. 1″ published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  2. “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Victoria Sturges Uhl
  3. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls” by Patricia R. Smith
  4. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls: Second Series” by Patricia R. Smith
  5. “American Dolls From the Post-War Era 1945-1965″ by Florence Theriault
  6. “The Golden Age of American Dolls 1945-1965″ by Cynthia Gaskill

  7. “Cissy: Identification and Price Guide” by A. Glenn Mandeville & Benita Cohen Schwartz
  8. “Madame Alexander Dolls 1948-1965″ by Linda Crowsey

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See also: Royalty & Wedding outfitsFull-length Evening GownsShort Gowns & Ankle-length DressesOne piece DressesDresses with Jackets, Capes or CoatsSeparatesOuterwear & Accessory Packs

Underwear on Basic Dolls

Cissy was sold as a basic doll in chemise, other styles of underwear were sold separately as boxed fashions.

Vintage Cissy doll by Madame Alexander #2100 – 1955-57 – The earliest chemises for the basic Cissy doll were black or white lace with satin ribbon straps and ribbon rosettes. She also wore nylon stockings and elastic-strap mules accented with a rose surrounded by the ruffle of lace. (Note that this stock number was used earlier for a doll dressed in evening gown.) There were variations of the lace used. In 1957, the chemises had longer legs created by additional lace trim.
Far left photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls. Near left photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

In 1958, the chemise for the basic Cissy was changed to a pink satin fabric with a lace panel or lace trim down the front. There were several variations of this style, some with white lace and some with black.
In 1959, the chemises were once again made of lace, but instead of the ribbon rosettes of the early years, they were decorated with hot pink rosettes made of felt.

A wonderful article by Sidney Bennett and Debbie Foster shows photos of all these styles and more. You can view it here.

Underwear Sold Separately

_undie1 (4K) _undie2 (4K) Cissy had many other underthings that were sold separately. This off white strapless corselet (or “Merry Widow”) with crocheted lace insets down front and sides and across bust, pale pink lining was sold separately.
_boxunder (5K) #? – 1959 – Cissy had many underthings that were sold separately, including this unusual flocked print petticoat & taffeta panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
To see more of Cissy’s boxed underwear, visit the article referenced above.

Sleepwear

These were all boxed fashions.

The first nightgowns for Cissy, for 1955 and into 1956, had a very low v-neck (almost to her waist) in both front and back, trimmed in lace with ribbon inserted through the lace, with matching negligees that had short puffed sleeves. Most were solid pale pink nylon, but there was some variation of fabrics and some were prints.

In 1956 and ’57, a cotton batiste nightgown with a square neckline trimmed in lace and ribbon was introduced. It came in white or various colors and prints. The matching cotton negligee was still the earlier v-neck style.

For 1957, Cissy had a pink nightie with a more modest v-neck in the front. The floral print robe had a deeper v in front, like the earlier style, but was up to her neck in the back. There was also a cotton polka dot long-sleeved robe this year that did not have a matching nightgown.
In 1958, the nightgown was nylon tricot with three rows of lace trimming a scoop neck. The matching negligee had a high neck with only two rows of lace. It was available in pink or blue, or floral print on a white background.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls.

Cissy’s 1959 sleepwear was very different from previous years. The nightie had a white lace bodice with a solid pink skirt. The matching lace robe had elbow-length sleeves.

To see pictures of all these styles and more, see the article “Vintage Cissy’s Negligees and Nighties” by Debbie Foster here.

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