MC was born in Sligo and had her formal education in Dublin. At 17, she packed her bags and went to Paris to pursue her dreams as a creative, first perfecting her French at the Sorbonne and later she studied visual communication at the Académie Charpentier. After extensive travelling in Africa and Asia and Middle East, Melissa turned her love of colour and celebration to the finer details leading her to jewellery and accessory designing. Melissa worked her way up the fast-paced fashion industry, launching her first collection in L’Eclaireur Paris in 1997. Her debut at Paris fashion week saw Melissa’s thought-provoking and fresh approach to design catching on.
Liberty of London picked Melissa. C up shortly after her debut choosing her to spearhead their Millennium Advertising campaign which catapulted her work all over the world. Her name and distinct brand Melissa C. immediately made impact and became a much sought-after label-landing in global boutiques in NY, Japan, Paris (Le Bon Marche, Bon@Philippe Starck,) London. Melissa’s regenerative vision and powerful design brought collaborations with leading brand names such as Absolut, Swarovski, Toni & Guy, Philippa Starck@ Bon, all of whom commissioned her to collaborate on one off projects with her fresh and exciting concepts, narrative and visionary drive.