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Uncategorized / August 28, 2017

McClintock, who describes herself as conservative and is a registered Republican, is unapologetic about making sexy clothing for teen girls.”Are you kidding?” she retorts. “With everything in the world today? Everything is so seductive! Sure, I make the dresses short. But the girls can wear leggings. I recommend them to anyone wearing a mini.”It’s ironic that McClintock’s dress business is based on minis today. When she started making clothes in 1969, minis were the rage and department store buyers wanted something – anything – different.McClintock had joined a one-woman company called Gunne Sax (named after the burlap gunny sacks used for potatoes) and began designing midi dresses, with hems that ended mid-shin. It’s an unflattering length she made appealing by pairing her calico and gingham dresses with boots. The look was pure Americana, and Americans liked it – especially the bohemian set.”Hippies didn’t talk about the clothes they wore; they were beyond that,” she recalled. “That’s why Gunne Sax was so important in those days. It was a stamp for them. They used to wear them in the parks, getting married, the long calico dresses, barefoot and all.” McClintock was born Jessica Gagnon in the small, northern Maine city of…