Mel Rose Couture

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There is a wonderful journey waiting for you at Mel Rose Couture. Experience the joy of having your couture gown created just for you. Mel is dedicated to designing beautiful one of a kind bridal and evening couture gowns from sketch, to sourcing high quality fabrics, to utilising couture techniques in each bespoke gowns' creation, to ensure the fit of your dream gown is everything is should be.

Bridal Couture is a very special part of Mel Rose Couture. Every bride has her dream gown, 'The Dress', the one gown they envision wearing while walking down the aisle.

For the bride that desires a unique design, or is finding it hard to find something that flatters her personal style.

For the bride that seeks amazing attention to detail, or wants to experience the art of having their gown made especially for them. Bridal Couture is the answer.

Whether a bride desires a traditional, romantic, modern, bohemian, or costume-inspired gown for their special day. Mel Rose Couture is dedicated to helping every bride achieve her dream.

Working with the finest, luxurious fabrics sourced from around the globe, and employing high quality techniques in design, construction, and finishing, every bridal gown is custom made in our Melbourne studio.

"Mel designed and handcrafted my stunning wedding dress. Her attention to detail and expertise are second to none. The gown she created was bespoke, elegant and perfect in every way. Thank you Mel for helping make my day such a special and memorable one." - Cherie Z


Every couture client at Mel Rose Couture will be given Mel's personal attention throughout the entire couture process.

From your first consultation Mel will gather your ideas, inspiration, and, personal style, to produce the first sketches of your gown, illustrating the design elements specified by you. Once the sketches of your gown have been finalised, Mel will then help you in choosing the perfect fabric to bring your gown to life. Your couture experience continues as your dream gown takes shape through pattern construction and toile, to several personalised fittings.

Then, all that remains, is to add the desired embellishments and complete the final hand stitching. Finally your completed gown is revealed. That first sketch has become a magnificent creation that fit's perfectly. The gown you always dreamed of.

Custom Tailoring

Mel understands that couture may not be for every bride, but every bride deserves to have her gown fit perfectly. Not just in size, in style and personality as well. To help all brides feel their best on their big day, Mel Rose Couture offer a bespoke alterations and tailoring service. Whether it's a tweak, a resize, or a complete restyling, you and your gown are in the right hands.

"Mel was amazing to work with! I wore my mothers wedding dress, that was also worn by both of my sisters and altered to suit our individual taste. i was recommended to Mel and so glad i was. She made my dress exactly the way i wanted it, she kept me calm when she could see me getting stressed over the whole wedding planning process. She really was amazing!" - Kiera



Designing and creating a beautiful bespoke bridal gown is truly a wonderful experience and one of the main reasons why I absolutely adore what I do. Using all the skills and techniques l have acquired in the 15+ years since starting Mel Rose Couture, there is just something so special in working one on one with a client and creating their dream gown. Celebrating each brides vision and unique style through design, fabric choice, and finishing touches.

Mel Hassett

Designer/ Couturier


Yes. Mel Rose Couture operates by appointments only. This ensures all clients are given personal an undivided attention through out their appointment.

We allocate a time slot of 1hour for each appointment. This ensures their is adequate time for any consultations and fittings.

While Mel Rose Couture understands that you may wish to share your couture experience with your family and friends, we are a small studio unable to accommodate large parties. We ask that you only invite a maximum of 2 people (other than yourself) to the appointment. This ensures the appointment is focused on you and your dream gown.

We recommend clients first contact us 12 months before their event to ensure they can be accomadated. The construction of your gown will start 6 months before your event (or travel date), with several fittings throughout, and your final fitting scheduled for around 1-2 weeks before your wedding.

From time to time Mel Rose Couture may have vacancies for couture gowns. We suggest clients get in contact with us as soon as they can to secure their booking.

When searching for your dream gown we understand how easy it can be to fall in love with images of one or more gowns. However, making an exact copy of another designer's gown is not something we will do. We are happy for you to bring pictures along that show what styles and elements you are drawn to. Mel will then work with you on creating your Couture gown.

Mel Rose Couture loves to create amazing one of a kind pieces for it's clients. Recreating one of our collection gowns in a colour or fabric that reflects your personal style and that of your wedding is possible. If you would like to discuss your changes to one of our gowns please contact Mel today.

Mel Rose Couture is really excited to offer it's couture services not only to Bride's, but bridesmaids, mother of the bride or groom, flower girls, formal and evening wear clients.

Absolutley. Mel Rose Couture has extensive experience in performing alterations on all Bridal and evening wear.

3 reviews 5 Write a Review

May 2023

I had an absolutely wonderful experience. Mel is incredibly capable and experienced providing a wealth of knowledge to help with any of your dress alteration needs. She totally transformed my wedding dress into the gown of my dreams so I felt confident and comfortable for the big day.

Florence P.

Mel Rose Couture

It was absolutely my pleasure to help create the gown of your dreams Florence. I adored working with you and am so so happy for you both and your beautiful future together. Xxx

March 2022

Mel was fantastic! on short notice she booked me in for my dress. I felt comfortable and reassured in the stressful wedding planning phase. Thankyou

Ellie H.

Mel Rose Couture

It was my absolute pleasure Ellie to create your dream dress for you. The photos of you on your day are so stunning!! A big congratulations to you both. Xx

February 2020

Thank you Mel for creating my most perfect wedding dress and making the process so enjoyable and simple. You were amazing from start to finish and any bride is luck to have you involved in their big day. From the bottom of my heart thank you for your amazing work.

Vicky B.

Mel Rose Couture

Vicky, It was my absolute pleasure to create your beautiful gown. I had so much fun working with you and wish you both all the happiness and love in the world. xxxx

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The best shapewear for under my wedding dress

Will I need shapewear for a custom designed dress? If so, what's the best kind that doesn't roll down?

Mel Rose Couture

When it comes to custom designed dresses, most of the time the designer will discuss the inner corsetry work that will be included inside the dress, and what under garments you will require.

The style of undergarments or shape wear will depend on the style of dress.

For example if it is slinky and form fitting I would suggest a sculpting under slip. (I would always suggest any undergarments are purchase in skin tones, as white or darker colour can produce a shadowing effect.)

The purpose of the shape wear is to create a smooth line underneath your dress, I would try to avoid any of the pant or skirt styles that start at the waist as these can dig in at the waistline, and are usually the style that roll down.

The only real way to prevent roll down is to seek out shape wear that has a bra or straps attached.

Am I allowed to take photos of the dresses at my dress appointment?

I heard from a friend that this is sometimes not allowed at the dress fitting/appointment, but is this the norm? Feel like it will help me if I can see what I look like in photos.

Mel Rose Couture

I think photos are a great way to see yourself in your possible gown before making your final decision. With a wedding gown being one of the biggest fashion purchases you are likely to make, it makes sense to really feel good about your choice.

As far as taking photos at your dress appointment, It really does depend on the designer or store. Most will be fine with it ( just politely ask if it's okay before snapping away), others may feel it is not part of the experience they wish you to have whilst in their store.

 My advice, ask if they permit photos when you arrive for your appointment. That way you will know the lay of the land before you start trying on gowns and can just enjoy your moment!!

How long do I need to allow for a custom made wedding gown?

Keen to have my dress designed.

Mel Rose Couture

This is the number 1 question I get asked, and there isn't a set time frame that all designers work to.

It all goes to the schedule of the designer and their current work load. Usually it will be a 8 to12 month timeframe. If the designer has allready been booked up, it could be even longer than that.

That being said, you may get lucky and a spot may open up in a designer's schedule, and they may be able to fit you in.

I have had a brides contact me 2-3 yrs out from their  weddings, and I have had brides contact me 6-12 weeks before their weddings.

Generally speaking I would think anything less than 6 months and you might be struggling to find someone who could successfully accommodate all your design choices.

If you are looking at less than that 6 months and you are wanting a custom dress don't wait, and, don't let it put you off finding a designer. Start by contact a few and see of they have room for you in their schedule. You won't know unless you ask.

I hope this helps,

Mel ??

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