Aug 252015

This version of Cherries a la Mode is not as common as some of the others. Gold shoes are not original.

Of the three major series of outfits worn by Ideal’s Revlon Doll, “Cherries a la Mode” was the medium priced offering. It is usually a nylon or taffeta dress; straw hat trimmed with flowers; drop pearl earrings and necklace. The 15″ dolls did not come with the hat, but had a gold elastic headband instead.

The classic Cherries a la Mode ensemble.
Photo courtesy of Wishbook Web.

  • Light blue, navy blue, pink or yellow nylon covered with flocked red cherries, with tulle yoke and puffed sleeves. See photo above.
  • Nylon allover floral print with short puffed sleeves, shirred front of bodice. See photo below.
  • Pale pink, blue or aqua taffeta dress with nylon eyelet overlay. See photo at top.
  • Short sleeved white with red dotted swiss, solid red yoke and waistband. A rarer version is all dotted swiss, without the solid red fabric. See photo at bottom.
  • Navy taffeta dress with low rounded neckline; white organdy modesty panel across bustline, pink rose and velvet ribbon at waist. There is also a rare green version.
  • Navy blue nylon with white printed floral bouquets. Rare.
  • Nylon dress with flocked butterflies, in navy and white or pink and pale blue.
  • Pale pink nylon dress with green and white flocked leaves. Rare.

Nylon floral print version of Cherries a la Mode.
Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

One of the less common versions of Cherries a la Mode.
Photo courtesy of Melody Stackhouse.

See also:

Learn More:

Collector’s Guide to
Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
by Judith Izen
Find it on eBay.

Revlon Dolls &
Their Lookalikes
by Kathy Barna
Find it on eBay
Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
by Dian Zillner
Find it on eBay.

Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

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