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See also: Main Cissy pageFull-length Evening GownsShort Gowns & Ankle-length DressesOne piece DressesDresses with Jackets, Capes or CoatsSeparatesSleepwear & UnderwearOuterwear & Accessory Packs

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.
For sleepwear, outerwear, underwear and accessory paks, please see the listing by style and color.

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Royalty

White
_2099 (3K) _2099a (3K) #2099 – 1955 – White brocade gown with blue garter sash and star; taffeta hoop petticoat; silver tiara, earrings and bracelets of rhinestones & rubies; long white fingerless gloves. Color in #2 and #7.

#2042 – same as #2099 – 1955

Gold Lace

#? – 1957 – Gown with sheer overskirt with gold thread filigree in a large floral pattern, gold lame half bodice & sleeves; gold lame fingerless gloves; unusual crown. Color in #2

Gold Brocade
#2171 – 1957 – Gold brocade gown with blue sash of the garter and star; gold tiara with jewels; jeweled earrings and bracelets; pearl necklace; long white fingerless gloves; stockings; gold sandals.
Photos courtesy of eBay sellers luving_dolls and your-favorite-doll.

#2281 – 1958 – Gold brocade gown with ruffles for sleeves; blue ribbon sash; large gold tiara with jewels; long white fingerless gloves; pearl necklace; bracelet; ring. Color in #2

Wedding

White Bridal Gowns
#2101 – 1955 – White brocade princess-cut bridal gown decorated with rhinestones and pearls, with cap sleeves; white nylon tulle veil with coronet decorated with flowers, pearls and rhinestones; bridal muff of tulle with flowers; pearl necklace.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
#2040 – 1956 – Bridal gown with finely pleated tulle skirt over taffeta, lace bodice, satin sash pulled through loops of pearls; pearl necklace; Medici cap of tulle fastened on either side with flowers, with chapel length veil; bouquet; solitaire ring. Coordinates with bridesmaid’s gown #2030. Color in #2, #7 and #8.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#2170 – 1957 -Nylon tulle bridal gown has satin bodice with lace braid applique; double train of white satin; chapel length veil attached to coronet of flowers; bouquet; long white fingerless gloves; pearl necklace & earrings; solitaire ring. Color in #2, #7 and #8. Note: this stock number was also used in 1959 and 1962 for totally different wedding gowns.

#2280 – 1958 – Tulle bridal gown embroidered with bridal wreath pattern; full length veil of tulle attached with coronet of flowers; bouquet; pearl necklace; earrings and bracelet; solitaire ring. Color in #2 and #7

#2170 – 1959 – Nylon tulle bridal gown with two underskirts, bodice trimmed with vertical rows of lace, sheer puffy sleeves with lace edging; wide satin belt ties in back with streamers to the floor; floor length veil attached to coronet of flowers; bouquet with long streamers; double pearl necklace; pearl earrings; ring. Color in #2 and #7. Note: this stock number was also used in 1962 for a totally different wedding gown.

#? – 1960 – White satin bridal gown has long sleeves, lace trim at neckline sprinkled with beads and sequins, pleated tulle underskirt peeks out below scalloped hemline; full length veil attached to coronet of flowers; pearl necklace and earrings; ring; bouquet of white blossoms. Matching Elise outfit. Color in #7

Beige Wedding Gown

#2170 – 1962 – Beige lace bridal gown with sweetheart neckline, long sleeves, scalloped hem over white pleated tulle underskirt; floor-length veil with crown of flowers; full crinoline petticoat; bouquet; nylon panties; stockings; silver slippers; pearl bracelet; necklace; earrings; solitaire ring. Color in #2 and #8. Note: this stock number was also used in 1959 for a totally different wedding gown.

Blue Bridesmaid’s Gown

#2030 – 1956 – Pale blue long-waisted bridesmaid’s gown has pleated nylon tulle over taffeta skirt, silver threaded net over taffeta bodice, tiny rhinestones at the corner of each cap sleeve; narrow tulle hat with sprig of flowers at each side of head; bouquet; pearl necklace; blue sapphire ring; silver sling-back pumps. Coordinates with bridal gown #2040. Color in #2, #7 and #8

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

Copyright 1997-2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

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Lovely vintage Cissy doll. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Cissy, released in 1955, was the first of the modern fashion dolls. What set Cissy apart as something new and different was her mature figure with high-heeled feet. She was an expensive doll at the time, and today a dressed doll in mint condition commands a very high price.
Cissy was the most prominent doll in Alexander’s catalog from 1955 through 1959. In 1960, however, she took a back seat to the new “Playpal” type dolls, and was missing from the catalog altogether, although she was still available and was also being advertised under other names.
Cissy has been reissued in recent years in many glamorous outfits.

Body Construction
Cissy began her life as a 20″ doll, but starting in 1958 was described as being 21″ tall. She is made of hard plastic with vinyl arms, and is jointed at neck, hips, waist, shoulders, elbows and knees. Some of the later dolls were issued with one-piece (non-jointed) arms. Her hair colors include blonde, ash blonde, brunette or redhead, and her hair is styled into elegantly coiffured wigs. She has blue sleep eyes with painted lashes and feathered eyebrows. Many Cissys have a walking mechanism, but not all.

Basic Cissy doll by Alexander. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Markings
Cissy is marked “Alexander” on the back of her head. Some dolls are also marked “Mme Alexander” on their bodies.

Clothing
Cissy was available as a basic doll, sold in underwear and mules, or as a dressed doll in a variety of evening wear, bridal gowns, afternoon and day dresses, and casual outfits. Her wardrobe was nothing short of stunning, made with the highest quality materials and the best craftsmanship available. Most of her clothes bore “Cissy” tags, but many were untagged. For a detailed list of her clothing, with many photos, see the links below.

Packaging
Cissy was sold in the typical Alexander blue box.

Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

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19551956195719581959Year Unknown

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.
For sleepwear, outerwear, underwear and accessory paks, please see the listing by style and color.

Click on the thumbnail to view a larger photo.

1960:


#2310 – Yellow organdy sleeveless dress printed with small white flowers, rhinestones and lace trim the bodice, yellow satin ribbon sash at waist; white cloche hat; pearl earrings; bracelet; white pumps. Color in #2

#2311 – Sleeveless white dress with red polka dots, white lace ruffle at neckline, red satin belt; small red straw hat with white flowers, red veil; panties; stockings; sling-back shoes. Color in #2

#25-164 – Polished cotton dress in pink, green, blue and yellow diamond-shaped floral print has pink organdy puffed sleeves and sash; pink can-can petticoat and panties; sling-back sandals with jewels; may have sunglasses with floral accents and gloves. FAO Schwarz exclusive boxed fashion. Color in #6 and #7

Cissy doll by Madame Alexander Polished cotton dress with green background and multicolored floral print has sweetheart neckline, white organdy puffed sleeves and sash. Possibly just a variation of #25-164 (above) and not a unique outfit.

#? – White satin bridal gown has long sleeves, lace trim at neckline sprinkled with beads and sequins, pleated tulle underskirt peeks out below scalloped hemline; full length veil attached to coronet of flowers; pearl necklace and earrings; ring; bouquet of white blossoms. Matching Elise outfit. Color in #7

#22-60 – Sleeveless ankle-length organdy dress in red or other colors, overlaid with nylon tulle dotted swiss, matching attached stole, two white wild roses at waist; taffetta underslip with nylon tulle ruffle at hemline; gloves; nylon stockings; sandals; rhinestone earrings; ring. Boxed fashion. Color in #2, #7 and #8

#? – White knit top with elbow-length sleeves; blue full skirt with large floral print in pink, white and green; pink taffeta belt; beaded necklace; blue straw hat with flowers. Boxed fashion. Color in #7 and #8

1961:

#? – 1961 – Lilac taffeta gown has tulle overskirt and tulle flounce at shoulders, v-neck, large pink roses at shoulders and cascading from waistline; fingerless gloves; ring and earrings; velvet ribbon in hair. Color in #7
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

1962:

#2170 – Beige lace bridal gown with sweetheart neckline, long sleeves, scalloped hem over white pleated tulle underskirt; floor-length veil with crown of flowers; full crinoline petticoat; bouquet; nylon panties; stockings; silver slippers; pearl bracelet; necklace; earrings; solitaire ring. Color in #2 and #8. Note: this stock number was also used in 1959 for a totally different wedding gown.

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

Copyright 1996-2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

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195519561957195819591960-62

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.
For sleepwear, outerwear, underwear and accessory paks, please see the listing by style and color.

Click on the thumbnail to view a larger photo.

#? – Sleeveless cotton print dress of narrow yellow stripes scattered with purple blossoms, purple ribbon sash at waist, purple rickrack around neckline, three rows of purple rickrack on skirt, lace trim at neckline and armholes, rhinestones on bodice.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
#? – Pale yellow nylon dress with square neckline has flocked design of blue and green flowers and blue dots, white lace trim at armholes. This was most likely sold as a boxed outfit because the tag is inside the skirt.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#? – White cotton dress with deep pink small floral print has organdy puffed sleeves, deep pink velvet ribbon at waist. Color in #8

#? – V-necked sundress is white with blue polka dots, buttons down front of bodice, red rickrack trim at neckline, armholes and on skirt. Boxed fashion. Color in #7

#? – White sleeveless cotton sateen dress with aqua polka dots, aqua grosgrain ribbon belt, crocheted lace trim at neckline.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
Vintage Cissy doll by Madame Alexander #? – Sleeveless cotton dress has dropped waist, lace trim at armholes, velvet ribbon bow at neckline. Available as vertical print of blue flowers with green leaves on white background; blue and white stripes, possibly others. The dress pictured far left has also been found without the lace trim at the armholes.
Photo of boxed outfit courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.>

#? – Deep pink and green daisy print cotton dress has white organdy puffed sleeves. Color in #7

#? – Yellow or pale green sleeveless short gown overlaid with tulle, sprinkled with rhinestones and rosebuds; matching attached tulle stole gathered at bustline; pink roses at shoulder; gold sandals. Color in #7 and #8
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
Vintage Cissy doll by Madame Alexander #? – Nylon tricot long-sleeved sweater with floral trim; felt circle skirt with front pocket, matching trim. Available as a pink sweater with teal skirt or navy sweater with coral skirt.
Vintage Cissy doll by Madame Alexander #? – White nylon tricot long-sleeved sweater with deep pink tiny rosebud trim; Black cotton full skirt with tiny pink and green rosebud print, studded with rhinestones.
#2121 – Blue, pink or lavender satin sheath dress with high collar, flowers at neckline; matching detachable full overskirt; open-crown nylon net hat with three tiered ruffles, trimmed with flowers and satin ribbon; silver & rhinestone bracelet; small silver handbag; silver sandals. Color in #8.
Photo copyright Stephen Lamoretti.

#? – Deep pink polished cotton dress with wide lace collar. Color in #7

#? – Sleeveless dress of red, blue, green and gold print on white background has a dropped waist with red satin ribbon sash at waistline, small red satin ribbon bows at shoulders, v-neck.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#? – Red corduroy slacks; white jacket with mandarin collar has embroidered ribbon trim. Pieces sold separately. Color in #7

#? – Red, white and blue horizontally striped jersey top with elbow length sleeves, red satin ribbon bow at neckline; red pleated skirt with gold elastic waistband. Sold separately.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
#? – Red jacket with 3/4 sleeves and goldtone buttons; white slacks with red trim along side seams; white openweave knit midriff top; white cummerbund type belt. Color in #7
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
#? – White organdy blouse with elbow length sleeves, lace trim at collar and cuffs and vertically down bodice; red slacks with gold elastic waistband.
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 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

Copyright 1997-2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

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One of the many Cissy gift sets that were available.

The following giftsets are pictured in the book “Cissy: Identification & Price Guide”
by A. Glenn Mandeville & Benita Cohen Schwartz, as well as Patricia Smith’s book “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls, Second Series.”

1956 – Cissy Takes a Trip – FAO Schwartz
Doll wears a black and white flared skirt with taffeta lining, red cancan petticoat, white pique blouse with Peter Pan collar, bolero jacket, white straw hat, black sandals, nylon stockings. Other pieces include: blue sleeveless full-skirted net gown with lace trim at hem and neckline and a flower at each shoulder, with underskirt of lace-trimmed taffeta; hooped organdy petticoat; silver evening slippers; red print cotton sundress with white rick-rack and large matching bow; flowered mules; nylon stockings; handbag; gloves; sunglasses; lace trimmed silk nightgown; flowered nylon negligee; comb, brush & mirror. All packed in a 24″ x 12″ x 11″ metal-covered wooden trunk.

1957 – Cissy Takes a Trip – FAO Schwartz
Doll wears a flared skirt, striped cotton tailored blouse, chatelaine watch, cloche hat, black strap sandals, nylon hose. Other pieces include: evening gown with short puffed sleeves, underskirt, hooped petticoat; gold evening slippers; cotton print full-skirted sundress with rick-rack trim; flowered mules; flower-trimmed fan; handbag; sunglasses; slacks; white nylon lace-trimmed blouse; pale pink rayon satin nightie with lace, rosebuds & satin ribbon trim; sheer flowered organdy negligee with short sleeves, lace trim; mules; comb, brush & mirror. All packed in a 24″ tall trunk.
Note: some of these pieces are pictured in color in the book “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Victoria Sturges Uhl.

1960 – Royal Tour Trousseau – FAO Schwartz
Doll wears gold brocade gown with Order of the Garter, taffeta hoop petticoat, long white gloves, tiara, earrings, ring and bracelets. Other pieces include: afternoon tea dress; print dress; cloak; sports slacks; silk nightie; robe; chemise; shoes; mules; stockings and accessories. All packed in a 24″ metal covered trunk.



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