Jessica McClintock's career started as a school teacher. Her career took a turn when, at the height of the hippie movement, she joined a San Fransico Company named Gunne Sax. Here, she came to design their long, calico, lace-trimmed dresses. Besides "granny" dresses, McClintock also designed lace-trimmed denim clothes which she combined with lace and linen. By the 1970s she had started making prom dresses and wedding gowns ,continuing to use lavish lace trim. This lace detailing became her signature trademark. McClintock designed over 2,500 outfits per year, each with her unique romantic touches and femininity.
In the 21st century the McClintock look continues to be nostalgic dresses with a sense of mystery, appropriate for both mothers and daughters. Yet over the ensuing three decades, the McClintock brand has come to encompass far more than its well known dresses. Her name has graced a myriad of products including evening bags, sportswear, separates, sleepwear, hosiery, baby bedding, fragrances, linens, bath collections, kitchen textiles, upholstery fabrics, furniture, and area rugs.
The McClintock brand is recognized by Wear Daily Survey of the Top 100 most recognized apparel and accessories brands in the industry. Jessica McClintock ranks seventh, behind such varied powerhouses as Cartier, Tiffany, and Timberland!
Jessica McClintock was awarded the Ernie award in 1981, The California Designers award in 1985; The American Printed Fabrics Council Tommy award in 1986, the Press Appreciation award in 1986; The Dallas Fashion award in 1988 and the Merit award in Design 1989