May 14, 2015
“As an executive who has had a varied background, I make it a priority to contribute and support Voss Foundation in any way that I can,” says Creative Director, Lead Designer, CEO and President of Callula Lillibelle, Melanie Fraser Hart.
“Clean water is desperately needed in Africa and in so many places all over the world. It’s a need that our own country takes for granted. I am honored to be involved with the Voss Foundation. There are so, so many charitable organizations which cannot reach even a small number of those in need. Voss Foundation is admirable in that they have an amazing outreach and you know that the water gets to the women whom they serve, which in turn not only saves lives but changes them.”
At the heart of Melanie Fraser’s multifaceted career is a passion for all things creative. Melanie threw herself into the study of art and design starting in high school, at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. She went on to major in theater at Bennington College and then headed west to Los Angeles, where she landed a job with legendary film producer Arnold Kopelson. Then, just as she was getting hungry for a new challenge, Vidal Sassoon hired her to write his speeches. She quickly became his right-hand woman and, when she wasn’t busy helping him manage his beauty empire, earned her MBA from Anderson School of Business at UCLA.
Years later, while taking time to be a full-time mom, Melanie dreamed of creating a clothing line that empowered women to showcase their femininity without flaunting it, and go from desk to dinner with class and style. Today, Callula Lillibelle is all of that and more, loved by celebrities and editors alike. Melanie draws on her breadth of creative passions, ranging from modern furniture and antiques to theater, architecture, and beyond to create the unforgettable look of Callula Lillibelle.
Melanie is an ardent supporter of Voss Foundation and serves on our Women Helping Women Boston luncheon host committee.
“As a member of society,” Melanie explains, “it is imperative that we all do something to give back, even if it seems relatively small compared to the growing needs of the world. Being involved with Voss Foundation is the way I choose to contribute.”