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In the early 2000s, you probably heard the name of Jessica McClintock as often as you heard Tiffany & Co. or Juicy Couture. The designer, who passed away peacefully in her home in San Francisco at the age of 90, was famous for her occasions and especially for her ball gowns, and had an impressive career. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020 (her label was previously referred to as Gunne Sax) after considering temporarily suspending production in 2013. However, McClintock found that demand for her clothes was predominant back then – and it still is.
The McClintock fashion house has always been representative of empowering women and making them feel beautiful. According to her obituary in SFGateHer son Scott McClintock will continue to run the Jessica McClintock brand – so it’s going nowhere. Right now you can find many of her accessories, including glittery evening bags and minaudières, at DSW or Nordstrom Rack, as well as other retailers listed on JessicaMcClintock.com.
McClintock has remained a CFDA member throughout her career, and she and her son Scott established the Scott and Jessica McClintock Foundation in 2018, which is dedicated to protecting the environment by providing financial support to various organizations. After starting a line based on the idea of romance, her earlier look was decidedly unconventional – former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton liked it after choosing one of McClintock’s dresses for her wedding ceremony in 1975, The Dresses That Something looked more classic and like a Disney princess (see above), decorated with rhinestones and provided with matching monochrome scarves. McClintock’s accomplishments are sure to be remembered if her dream and vision live on.
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