There is nothing quite as exquisite as a Madame Alexander Cissy. Released in the early 1950s, Cissy stood 21 inches tall, with a womanly figure and stylish clothing. There are many collectors who are very passionate about this doll. As a result, a “mint” Cissy can command several thousand dollars at auction.
There are few dolls that have attracted the kind of following that the Vogue Ginny inspires. Outrageously popular when she was introduced around 1950, this doll is an eight-inch “toddler doll,” meaning that she has the chubby figure and adorable face of a toddler. Today, Ginny is incredibly popular with collectors.
Fashion doll collectors know that the early Madame Alexander Elise, introduced in 1957, is a very unique doll. The 16-inch tall Elise had jointed ankles, and as a result she was frequently dressed as a ballerina. However, she also came in highly fashionable street dresses, pantsuits, and formal gowns. Today, Elise’s street dresses and formals are the most highly desirable of her outfits.
Muffie has a face unlike most other eight-inch toddler dolls, with eyes spaced wide apart, sultry lashes, and full lips. Although she was one of Vogue Ginny’s competitors, she is more than just a knock-off; she has earned her own place on collectors’ shelves, and generally commands as high a price (or higher than) as Ginny does.
A miniature (and more affordable) version of the glamorous Cissy, Cissette boasts a beautiful wardrobe of street dresses, opera dresses with matching coats, formal gowns, and stylish pantsuits. Her size may be small — a mere nine inches — but she has an abundance of appeal to collectors!
First known as Wendy, and later renamed Alexander-Kins, this doll is Madame Alexander’s answer to the toddler doll craze of the early 1950s. These eight-inch dolls have china complexions, pouty lips, and hundreds of different outfits to keep collectors busy.
Perhaps Madame Alexander’s most beloved face is that of Maggie, the face that was on many “pre-teen” dolls during the 1950s. Maggie wore a variety of outfits, from classic 50s costumes to brides’ and bridesmaids’ dresses, but almost every Maggie made has become an instant favorite.
Few dolls during the 1950s could compete with Madame Alexander’s superior quality, but Arranbee was one of them. With their sweet expressions, “puppy tail” hairdos, adorable school dresses, and beautiful formal gowns, Arranbee Nancy Lee and Nanette dolls are beloved by many collectors.
Perhaps one of the best-known fashion dolls of the late 1950s is Ideal’s Miss Revlon. Miss Revlon spawned many look-alike fashion dolls, such as Horsman’s Cindy, American Character’s Toni, and dozens of cheaper knock-offs. For many collectors, however, Miss Revlon is the quintessential pre-Barbie fashion doll.