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Fashion Designer of Prom Dresses Jessica McClintock Dies

Jessica McClintock, Renowned Fashion Designer Famous For Her Prom Dresses, Dies at 90

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JAN. 31: Designer Jessica McClintock walks through the hanging patterns at her headquarters, Monday January 31, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif. She is famed for her Gunne Sax line of prom dresses, which were huge in department stores in the 1980's. McClintock, whose Gunne Sax fashion empire is said to have done $100 million in annual sales at its height, died Feb. 16 at her San Francisco home. She was 90 years old. (Lacy Atkins/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)Image Source: Getty / Lacy Atkins/The San Francisco Chronicle

In the early 2000s, you probably heard Jessica McClintock's name just as commonly as you did Tiffany & Co. or Juicy Couture. Famous for her occasion wear and especially her prom dresses, the designer, who sadly passed away peacefully in her San Francisco home at 90, led an impactful career. In 2020, she celebrated 50 years in the business (her label was previously referred to as Gunne Sax) after considering halting production briefly in 2013. But McClintock found the demand for her dresses was prevalent 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 posted in SFGate, her son Scott McClintock will continue to manage the Jessica McClintock brand — so it isn't going anywhere. Right now, you can find a lot of her accessories, including glittering evening pouches and minaudières, at DSW or Nordstrom Rack, plus additional retailers listed on

Throughout her career, McClintock has remained a member of the CFDA, and she and her son Scott also started the Scott and Jessica McClintock Foundation in 2018, which is dedicated to preserving the environment by providing financial aid to various organisations. Having started a line based on the idea of romance, her earlier looks were decidedly bohemian — former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a liking, having chosen one of McClintock's dresses for her wedding ceremony in 1975. Of course, you might recognise the gowns that looked a bit more classical and Disney princess-like (see ahead), embellished with rhinestones and complete with matching monochromatic shawls. McClintock's accomplishments will certainly be remembered as her dream and vision lives on.

Model wearing a gown by Jessica McClintock at Macy's and American Express Passport '01 fashion show and HIV/AIDS fundraising bash. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)Image Source: Getty / Frank Trapper/Corbis

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