MELANIE HARRIS/Rose Taft
Respected and renowned young designer Melanie Harris is the proud 3rd generation of 60-year-old couture house, Rose Taft. Started by her grandmother, Melanie is continuing the tradition of manufacturing handcrafted social occasion dresses in the USA.
As a New York based fashion designer with tremendous creativity and the love of fashion, Melanie has created a couture collection coveted by women who demand quality designs that are chic & elegant & which make a statement.
Melanie Harris' focus is on a younger demographic looking to turn heads in a classic and elegant design, all produced in the Fashion Capitol of the world, New York. Originally, this collection was designed by request only for the likes of New York and Los Angeles stylists and has since drawn the attention of several specialty boutiques, charities and TV Networks. Bravo's, The Real Housewives, as well as TLC's, Say Yes To The Dress, Randy To The Rescue & Brides of Beverly Hills are just a few of the outlets where the Melanie Harris brand has been featured.
Melanie received numerous requests from retailers and stylists for young couture dresses & evening separates that are made with impeccable quality and fit. There is a refined elegance, yet hip feel about the Melanie Harris collection that has all of young Hollywood pining for the dresses including Christian Serratos (Twilight) and Jana Kramer (One Tree Hill), Lindsey Lohan, Lara Spencer (The Insider/Good Morning America), Jill Martin (The Today Show) & a slew of reality stars from The Real Housewives. Her designs have appeared on several commercials, including The Today Show fashion segment that continually runs in the taxicabs of NYC. Additionally, Melanie Harris has designed a collection of Bridal gowns/reception dresses that have been selected to appear on TLC's Say Yes To The Dress, Brides of Beverly Hills & Randy To The Rescue.
Melanie's philanthropic personality has touched many organizations nationally including the Boys and Girls Clubs, The Creative Coalition, Make A Wish Foundation, Pediatric Cancer Foundation and The Kellner Pediatric Liver Disease Foundation. Melanie has been honored as one of the "100 Outstanding Women of Broward County and is proud to be included in The Women's Entrepreneurship Day at The United Nations in NYC each year.
New for 2016, after a Breast Cancer diagnosis, Melanie is welcoming charities, foundations and one on one appointments for custom couture and cocktails in her New York atelier. She is making high end fashion more attainable, the experience more exciting and pleasurable for women to select that special design for an important occasion, offering plus sizing and customization options for Cancer Survivors & Mastectomy patients. A percentage of proceeds are donated back to NYU Langone. In addition, each month The Melanie Harris Group selects another non-profit organization and a percentage of the proceeds are graciously donated. Aside from monetary donations on behalf of Melanie Harris, dresses are lent for functions or gifted to women in need. Giving back to women is of the utmost importance to Melanie and her team.
The success of Melanie Harris and her collections have been documented by national and regional news organizations including TLC & The Bravo Network, CNN, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, ABC and NBC. Placements in Women's Wear Daily, The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, Bride's Magazine, The Washingtonian, Lifestyle Magazine, Think Magazine, Marie Claire, OK! & Life and Style Weekly are just some of the placements you can see the collection in print.