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Note: The photo numbers refer to the source list at the bottom of the page.

1959

White jacquard taffeta gown with gold braid trim; hot pink full-length cape lined in pale pink jacquard. Color in #6

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Gold sleeveless gown of metallic dotted net; pink or yellow floral swag attached at waist.

Red polished cotton dress with white polka dots, white rickrack trim, square neckline, white bow at waist; plain white cloche hat. Color in #6

White dress with large blue polka dots, square neckline, double red braid trim down front of dress and around skirt. Color in #6

Fuschia swing coat with three buttons, matching hat with flowers. Elise had a matching outfit. Color in #6

#713 – Gold ballerina costume of net trimmed with sequins; sequined tiara; pink tights and ballet slippers.

#722 – Navy blue (?) dress with white polka dots, lace bertha collar with ribbon ties; flower trimmed hat.

#723 – Sheer nylon dress with lace trimmed skirt and sleeves, pointed collar, rose corsage at waistline; flower trimmed hat.

#731 – Large scale lace dress with 3/4 sleeves; nylon lingerie; pink tulle hat with pink and white flowers; pearl necklace; earrings. Color in #6

Cissette#732 by Madame Alexander #732 – Sleeveless(?) pale pink satin gown with long, attached dotted tulle stole; flowers at waist and in hair; earrings.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #740 – Pale pink tulle bridal gown has sleeves accented with tiny “buttons,” pink satin ribbon at waist; floor-length veil attached to coronet of flowers; bouquet; pearl jewelry.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #741 – Bridesmaid’s dress of pale blue pleated nylon with puffed sleeves and satin sash; natural straw hat with flowers; bouquet of flowers; pearl jewelry.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#742 – Queen gown of white brocade with short sleeves, blue jeweled sash; silver tiara with red jewels; rhinestone earrings. Color in #6

1960

White sleeveless dress with red polka dots, white rick rack at armholes and neckline; red bow at waist; natural straw hat with flowers. Color in #6

Dress with white sleeveless bodice with two red buttons, navy skirt with white polka dots; white gloves. Color in #6

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #810 – Red polished cotton skirt with bib front; white organdy blouse with elbow-length puffed sleeves; white hat with black band; black purse.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #813 – Pale pink ballet costume with satin bodice, multilayer nylon tulle skirt, trimmed with flowers; coronet of flowers in hair; ballet slippers; pearl earrings.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Cissette #824 by Madame Alexander #824 – Full-skirted evening gown of gold mettalic fabric with long attached gold net stole, fastened at waist with flowers; matching flowers in hair; rhinestone earrings. Color in #6
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#840 – Wedding gown with pleated nylon tulle skirt; chapel-length veil attached to coronet of flowers; bouquet; pearl necklace.

Vintage #842 – Gold brocade queen gown with blue jeweled sash; tiara; gold elastic jeweled bracelet; gold bead necklace; earrings.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

1961

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Purple or royal blue swimsuit has yellow sash accented with brass eagle emblem and blue ribbon; trophy. I have seen this outfit listed as #710 and as #800.

Red and white vertically striped dress with white rickrack trim; white hat with red flowers. Sold separately. Color in #6

Sleeveless print dress with lace trim at armholes; natural straw hat. Color in #6

Green Mandarin jacket with gold buttons, trimmed in print fabric; matching print slacks; green glasses. Color in #6

#806 – Red and white cotton sun suit trimmed with white rickrack; white tie-on skirt with red braid trim; red plastic purse. Color in #6

#811 – Peach polished cotton jumper with four buttons on bodice; white knit top with elbow-length sleeves, crocheted trim at neckline; white hat with flowers. Color in #6

#840 – Long sleeved wedding gown of tulle with floral trim at neckline; long veil attached to floral coronet; bouquet; pearl earrings. Color in #6

1962

Pale blue and white vertically striped cotton dress, eyelet flounce at hem; straw hat with pink flowers. Color in #6

White felt jacket with blue braid trim; blue skirt with inverted box pleat; white pillbox hat with blue ribbon trim. Sold separately. Color in #6

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #0720 – Dress with red and white polka dotted bodice, sharp v-neckline with flared collar, three quarter sleeves, white skirt with red rickrack trimmed in polka dotted fabric. Sold separately.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#735 – Ballet costume of ruffled nylon tulle; tights; ballet slippers; coronet of flowers in hair; pearl earrings.

#745 – “Dance frock” in yellow, pink or blue, with many layers of ruffled lace, satin sash, trimmed with rosebuds; jewelry. Color in #6

#755 – Bridal gown of tulle with puffed sleeves, pointed lace trim at hem; veil attached to coronet of lace; bouquet.

#760 – “Gibson Girl” outfit of long velvet skirt; long-sleeved blouse; hat trimmed with feathers and veil.

#763 – Gold brocade queen gown with jewels scattered on skirt, blue jeweled sash; gold tiara with red and white jewels; jewelry.

#813 – Blue ballet costume with multilayer tulle skirt, trimmed with pink flowers. Same as 1960 outfit but in blue.

1963

Deep pink sleeveless sheath dress with tucks at waistline, jewel accent on bodice; tulle pillbox hat with rose; pearl necklace; pearl handbag. This was part of the gift set that included the Cissette doll with interchangeable wigs, but it may also have been sold separately or on a doll. See color photo in #2.

Light blue dress with white polka dots, white lace trim at armholes and neckline. This was part of the gift set that included the Cissette doll with interchangeable wigs, but it may also have been sold separately or on a doll. See color photo in #2.

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #0721 – White dress with pink rose print, wide lace bertha collar, deep pink sash; deep pink or natural straw hat trimmed with pink roses. Sold separately.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#0732 – Pink and white striped playsuit(?); green corduroy skirt with gold trim. Sold separately. Color in #6

#740 – Powder blue or pale pink gown with bodice encrusted with gold sequins; matching bow in hair; bubble cut hairstyle. See color photo in #2 and #6.

_lh_755a (3K) #755 – Tulle bridal gown with three rows of narrow ruffled lace at hem; veil attached to coronet of flowers; bouquet.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#765 – White brocade queen gown with blue jeweled sash, rhinestones on left shoulder; tiara; rhinestone earrings and bracelet; pearl necklace. Color in #6

Sources for this page include:


  1. “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Sturges Uhl
  2. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls” by Patricia R. Smith
  3. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls, second series” by Patricia R. Smith
  4. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls Price Guide #23″ by Linda Crowsey
  5. “American Dolls From The Post-War Era, 1945-1965″ by Florence Theriault

  6. “Collector’s Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander Dolls, 1948-65″ by Linda Crowsey



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Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Navy blue cardigan jacket with two brass buttons; white short sleeved blouse (?); white slacks with red and blue trim on outside seams. Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.
Vintage Cissette ballerina doll by Madame Alexander White ballet costume has satin bodice trimmed with swag of pink flowers, white tulle skirt; pink floral headband. Photos courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Pink and white striped cotton shirtwaist dress with elbow-length sleeves, white collar and cuffs; navy straw hat trimmed with pink velvet bows; navy elastic-strap heels. Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Green cotton day dress with white eyelet sleeves and trim under hem; white straw hat.
Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.
Vintage Cissette outfit by Madame Alexander #? – White long-sleeved knit bodysuit; deep pink corduroy pants with gold elastic waistband; matching hat. Sold separately.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Red long-sleeved jacket with gold buttons; white pants.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Pink and white striped sleeveless dress.

Vintage Cissette outfit by Madame Alexander White short-sleeved knit bodysuit; blue ribbed cotton pedal pushers with gold elastic waistband. Sold separately.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Red polished cotton dress with short puffed sleeves, lace “tucker.” Hat in photo may not be original to dress.
Vintage Cissette outfit by Madame Alexander White long-sleeved coat with mandarin collar, no buttons.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander White sleeveless dress with dark blue polka dots, self ruffle at neckline and hem, blue ribbon at waist; dark blue straw cloche hat with white flowers.
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Royal blue taffeta swimsuit with silver dots, silver look trim at neck and legs.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
Vintage Cissette outfit by Madame Alexander Sheer white dotted sleeveless dress with ribbon and flower print, lace trim at armholes and hem, white flowers at waistline.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Robe with medium sized pink rose print, pink satin ribbon with streamers, lace trim at neck, sleeves and hem.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
Vintage Cissette outfit by Madame Alexander White cotton dress with circular print of blue flowers, short puffed sleeves.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #830 – Pale green sleeveless satin gown has scalloped hem with tulle ruffle below, attached slip, attached tulle stole around shoulders, pink rosebud accents; gold elastic strap heels.
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Gold brocade Queen gown with short puffed sleeves, inverted box pleated in skirt, blue taffeta sash with jewels; tiara.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

1957

White sleeveless dress with red and blue braid trim down front of bodice, around waistline and around skirt at hipline. B&W photo in #2.

Navy cotton dress with white polka dots, elbow-length sleeves, white trim at neckline and sleeves. B&W photo in #2.

Sleeveless dress in small check with unfitted bodice, gathered skirt, lace trim down bodice and at armholes. B&W photo in #2.

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander White sheer nylon dress with flocked bouquets of pink flowers and green leaves, neckline and armholes trimmed with lace, full skirt, deep pink velvet ribbon at waist. The same or very similar fabric was used for the robe described below.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette outfit by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette outfit by Madame Alexander Long sleeved sheer nylon robe with flocked bouquets of pink flowers and green leaves, sleeves gathered at wrist with elastic, narrow lace at neck and hemline, pink ribbon ties.
Photos courtesy of Diana Davies.
Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette outfit by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette outfit by Madame Alexander Very pale green sleeveless full-length nightgown with pink and green silk ribbon flower trim at waistline, narrow lace trim at armholes, neck and hem.
Photos courtesy of Diana Davies.

#813 – Long sleeved knit top; bold print skirt with wide pleats; belt; natural straw “coolie” hat. B&W photo in #2.

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #904 – Red short-sleeved knit bodysuit; navy shorts; blue and white striped short-sleeved blouse with two gold buttons; straw hat; white elastic-strap heels. Note the early box with Alexander-Kins label.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#905 – Black velvet toreador pants; gold taffeta sash; long-sleeved lace blouse; pearl drop earrings; gold elastic-strap heels. Matching Cissy and Elise outfits.

#909 – White sleeveless cotton dress with navy polka dots, red rickrack trimming square neckline, red ribbon belt; red straw hat with flowers. Color in #6

#910 – Red taffeta dress has white elbow length sleeves with red polka dots, matching trim and bow at neckline; hat. Color in #6

#912 – Navy taffeta dress with pink silk yoke and short puffed sleeves gives the illusion of a jumper and blouse. Color in #6

#914 – Satin ballet tutu, trimmed with flowers, ruffle of tulle around neckline, many layers of tulle forming skirt; coronet of flowers in hair. B&W photo in #2.

#915 – Pale dotted swiss dress with three-quarter sleeves, lace trim down bodice and on sleeves; dark hat with flowers. B&W photo in #2.

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #916 – Navy taffeta day dress has short puffed white sleeves with blue polka dots; the back of the skirt has a matching polka dotted panel and bow; white straw cloche hat with red ribbon; red elastic-strap heels. Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

#918 – Pale blue taffeta dress with sweetheart neckline, pink rose at waist; pink straw hat with flowers. Color in #6

#921 – Pink nightie with crossover bodice, lace and satin ribbon trim.

#922 – Nightgown and robe of tiny floral print, narrow lace edging, satin ribbon bow on front of robe. Color in #6

#923 – Polished cotton polka dotted sleeveless dress with lace collar, two button trim down front of bodice.

Vintage Cissette outfit by Madame Alexander

#0924 – Pale blue wool felt circle skirt with gold elastic waistband; white silk blouse with elbow-length sleeves, self tie at neck, gold buttons; white straw hat with blue ribbon and flowers. Sold separately.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#0925 – Hot pink or green felt coat detailed with double row of stitching; matching hat trimmed with flowers. Sold separately. Color in #6

#0927 – Blue corduroy coat with gold buttons and matching hat, both lined in pale pink. Sold separately. Color in #6

#930 – Blue polished cotton dress with white lace trim in an apron pattern; white straw hat with blue roses. Color in #6. Matches Cissy’s #2130. Elise has a matching outfit as well.

#931 – White/navy polka dotted reversible swing coat with three buttons; matching hat. Color in #6

#940 – Dark colored street length dress with ruffled sleeves and hem; pearl bracelet and necklace; hat of braid with rose accent. B&W photo in #2.

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #941 – Navy taffeta dress with tulle ruffle at armholes; wide white 3-layer tie-on collar; white or navy straw hat with flowers.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

#943 – Lavender taffeta v-neck dress and matching bolero jacket; lavender straw cloche hat with flowers and net veil; rhinestone bracelet and earrings; pearl necklace; lavender elastic-strap heels; purse. Color in #6

#960 – Bridesmaid’s gown of dotted nylon tulle; satin sash with attached corsage of flowers; picture hat of horsehair braid with flowers; pearl jewelry. Color photo in #5.

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #961 – “Gainsborough” outfit of pale lilac or blue taffeta gown with puffed sleeves, matching sash, pink rosebud accents; picture hat with roses.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#970 – Bridal gown of white tulle with satin bodice; short tulle veil attached to flowers in hair.

Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette doll by Madame Alexander #971 – Gold brocade queen gown with princess lines; shoulder straps; blue taffeta sash with jewels; gold tiara with large jewels; pearl necklace; rhinestone earrings and bracelet.

#973 – Black velvet princess gown also came in rare green version; faux fur stole accented with double rose corsage; pink lace petticoat; rhinestone earrings and bracelet. Cissette in this outfit had an upswept hairdo. Color in #6

#974 – Sleeveless black sheath gown with overskirt of dotted nylon tulle, rose corsage at waist; pearl necklace; rhinestone bracelet and earrings. Color in #6

Vintage Cissette by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette by Madame Alexander Vintage Cissette by Madame Alexander #975 – Pink silk gown trimmed with roses, shoulder drapery forming short train in back; large picture hat with roses; rhinestone earrings and bracelet.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#976 – Satin dress; matching coat with print lining and large bow at neckline; tulle-wrapped pillbox hat. Color photo of pink version in #4, gold in #6.

#977 – Long gown; matching jacket with long sleeves, trim around neckline, cuffs and hem of jacket. B&W photo in #2.

#979 – Ankle-length gown of gold tulle, draped neckline trimmed with pink flowers; pearl jewelry.

#980 – Bridal gown of white tulle and lace; tulle veil attached to wreath of flowers.

1958

Red taffeta dress with white lace trim on sleeves and skirt; red hat with white flower. Color in #6

Long-sleeved knit top; pleated skirt in various prints with gold elastic waistband; pointed hat with rose. Color in #6

Red polished cotton jumper; white blouse with navy polka dots, elbow length sleeves. Color in #6

Yellow (or rare blue version) polished cotton dress with white lace sleeves and peplum, rose at bustline. White hat with roses. Color in #6

Royal blue velvet princess seamed dress and matching bolero jacket with elbow length sleeves; band style hat with feathers and net. color in #6

Pale blue cotton print dress with square neckline, elbow-length puffed sleeves; deep pink hat with tulle and flowers. FAO Schwarz exclusive. Color in #6

Black and white houndstooth coat with white collar, buttons and lining; matching skirt; black knit top; black hat. Wendy and Lissy had matching outfits. Color in #6

White cotton dress with yellow and green flowered print, lace ruffle for sleeves, green velvet bow at waist; green hat with white flowers. Color in #6

White dress with large rose or blue flowered print, short puffed sleeves, lace trim at neckline; hat with flowers to match dress. FAO Schwarz exclusive. Color in #6

White nylon dress with yellow polka dots, ruffles down bodice and at neckline, black velvet bow at waist; black hat with yellow and white flowers. FAO Schwarz exclusive. Color in #6

Navy taffeta dress with matching cape; navy hat with pink flowers. FAO Schwarz exclusive. Color in #6

Red dress with white polka dots, puffed sleeves, white bow at neck; white hat with red roses. Color in #6

#805 – Yellow and white striped strapless sunsuit with lace ruffles in back; matching skirt; matching hat; all trimmed with rickrack. B&W photo in #2. Matching Elise outfit.

Vintage Cissette doll #807 by Madame Alexander #807 – Long sleeved white lace top with rhinestone buttons; wide pink sash with pink rose; aqua velveteen pants; pearl necklace; rhinestone earrings; gold elastic-strap heels. Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

#815 – Red cotton skirt with black and gold print; black jersey top with 3/4 sleeves; gold belt; straw hat with black band. Color in #6

#820 – Navy taffeta dress with lace trim at sleeves; white organdy stole with rose corsage; navy straw hat with tulle and rose; pearl necklace.

#825 – Red or green velveteen pants with gold elastic waistband; white nylon blouse with 3/4 sleeves, trimmed in lace, red rose at neckline. Color in #6

#832 – White knit long sleeved top with red and blue horizontal stripes, red bow tie; red pleated skirt with gold elastic waistband; white jacket with gold buttons; navy straw hat; coin earrings. Color in #6

#836 – Yellow dotted swiss dress with pointed collar, white lace trim; black hat with yellow flowers and netting; black purse. FAO Schwarz exclusive. Color in #6

#838 – Pale pink dress with shawl collar trimmed with deep pink rose, rhinestones on cuffs; hat trimmed with roses. Color in #6

#839 – Royal blue ribbed jumper with v-neck; pink blouse with Peter Pan collar, puffed sleeves; blue straw hat with pink flowers. Color in #6

#852 – Bridesmaids dress of white taffeta and floral printed tulle, decorated with rhinestones; white braid hat with pink flowers. Color in #6

Vintage Cissette by Madame Alexander

#873 – Gown with pink camellia print; matching flowers in hair; pink velvet stole; pearl earrings and necklace. Matches Cissy’s #2283.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#876 – Tulle wedding gown with bridal wreath embroidery; floor-length veil attached to flowers in hair; bouquet; pearl jewelry. Matching outfits were made for Cissy and Elise. Color in #6

#895 – Royal blue satin dress with lace motif at neckline, short puffed sleeves; white hat with white flowers. Color in #6

Sources for this page include:


  1. “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Sturges Uhl
  2. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls” by Patricia R. Smith
  3. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls, second series” by Patricia R. Smith
  4. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls Price Guide #23″ by Linda Crowsey
  5. “American Dolls From The Post-War Era, 1945-1965″ by Florence Theriault

  6. “Collector’s Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander Dolls, 1948-65″ by Linda Crowsey

Copyright 2007-2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

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Cissette’s Outfits 1957-58
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Cissette’s Outfits 1959-63


Two basic Cissette dolls from different years – the blonde is stock #700; the redhead is #900. Click on a small photo to see a larger version.
_700a (2K) _700c (2K) _700d (4K) _900a (2K) _900c (4K)
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Cissette arrived two years after Cissy as the smaller, cuter and more affordable version of Alexander’s popular glamour doll. The same mold was also used for other dolls during the Cissette period, including Sleeping Beauty (identifiable by her flat feet), Margot (with heavy eye makeup and upswept hair) and Jacqueline (heavy eye makeup and sidepart hairstyle). The mold continued to be used for the Portrette series and other dolls in the ’60s, and is still in use today. Cissette was reintroduced for collectors in the late ’90s.

Body Construction
Cissette is all hard plastic, jointed at the neck, shoulders, hips and knees, with high heel feet. She has sleep eyes with molded lashes, with painted lashes underneath, one-stroke eyebrows, and pierced ears. Her synthetic wig is styled in a curly flip with bangs, and was available in blonde, brunette or redhead. A few fancy dressed dolls came with upswept hairdos. A rare version of Cissette from the early ’60s had a bald head with interchangeable wigs.

Identifying Cissette
Trying to date a Cissette doll can be challenging. Here are some clues:
Eyelids: 1957 dolls have beige eyelids, in 1958 they were pale pink and thereafter were peach.
Wigs: 1957 and ’58 wigs were made with three rows of stitching; after that they used zigzag stitching. A few fancy wigs had three rows on some later dolls.
Fingernails: had polish starting sometime in 1961.
Eye weights: dolls from 1957 and part of ’58 had heavy weights on their sleep eyes. Smaller weights were used thereafter.
Clothing: Dresses in 1957 and ’58 had bodice darts; in 1959, they did not. Thereafter bodice darts were only used for evening wear.

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Clothing
Cissette was sold as a dressed doll or in a basic chemise or slip. Like her big sister Cissy, she often wore royal outfits and wedding gowns, but day dresses and ballet costumes were common as well. Many of her outfits matched Cissy and Elise clothing. See the Outfits 1957-58 and Outfits 1959-63 pages for more information.

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1950 Hard plastic Cinderella uses the Margaret face mold. Photo courtesy of Lisa Hanson.

Beatrice Alexander Behrman, or “Madame Alexander,” as she became known,
grew up in the doll business. As the daughter of Maurice Alexander, a Russian immigrant who opened the first doll hospital in this country in 1895, she learned to appreciate the beauty of dolls from her early years. Her father’s teachings stayed with her into adulthood, and seeking a professional and artistic challenge, she founded the Alexander Doll Co., Inc., in the 1920’s. She went on to become the leading lady of the doll industry as she guided a company famous for the beauty and high quality of its dolls and their clothing.

Early Alexander dolls were cloth and composition. They had big hits in the 1930’s with their licensed Dionne Quintuplets and Sonja Henie composition dolls. During this period they also introduced characters from literature, including the Little Women series and McGuffey Ana. In the late ’40s, they turned to hard plastic and their Margaret and Maggie face dolls were the epitome of the well-dressed little girl. The 8″ Alexander-kins were introduced in 1953. Baby dolls such as Little Genius were produced in several sizes.

From the very beginning, Madame Alexander focused on producing the highest quality, most beautiful doll clothing in the world. The same molds were used over and over again, with the costume and hairstyling creating the character of the doll.

Alexander initiated the modern era of the fashion doll with the introduction of Cissy in 1955. In the company’s catalog for that year, Madame describes her as “A Child’s Dream Come True.” Elise, a doll with jointed ankles to enable her to wear low or high heels, was introduced in 1957, and in 1959, 10″ Cissette joined her “big sisters” as Alexander’s newest fashionable lady. All of these dolls had extensive lines of extra clothing and accessories which could be purchased.

In addition to the fashionable ladies, Alexander produced some of their most enduring child dolls in the 1950s. Baby Kathy was produced in several sizes, and little girl Kelly was dressed in beautiful, classic styles. The Little Women dolls that had always been big sellers for Alexander got an update with the introduction of pre-teen Lissy.


Marybel, the Doll Who Gets Well by Madame Alexander

Marybel, the Doll Who Gets Well utilized the Kelly face. Scan from 1963 Sears Toy Book.

In the 1960s, Alexander introduced a number of new dolls with unique head molds, including Brenda Starr, a slim teen fashion doll to compete with Mattel’s Barbie, and Coco, a new 20″ high fashion doll. While these dolls had a fairly short production run, the company also introduced some new faces which would become classics in their line. The 21″ Jacqueline doll was one of these. Initially a representation of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the mold was later used for the Portrait Series of lady dolls which were produced for decades. 14″ Mary Ann and 12″ Janie, both little girl dolls, became mainstays of the company’s line as well.

Also in the 1960s, the International Series using the 8″ Alexander-kins molds were introduced. They have become Alexander’s most popular line, and are still being manufactured today.


Netherlands Boy and Girl by Madame Alexander

8″ Netherlands Girl and Boy, 1980s.

The 1970s and ’80s saw Alexander staying the course, with few innovations, producing the beloved babies and children, characters from classic literature, and ladies in Portrait gowns that had always done well for them. After Madame’s death in 1990, the company went through a challenging period. They were the last of the major doll manufacturers still located in the United States, and having difficulty competing for collectors’ dollars. In 1995 the company was sold to an international banking group and production began to be moved overseas.

Today the Alexander Doll Company is going strong, producing high-quality play dolls for children, and several lines for collectors, as well as reproductions of their best-loved dolls of yesteryear.

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