Dean Harris is a jewelry designer who lives and works in New York City. He is a self-taught artist who has chosen the medium of metal to express himself. He has been fusing wire into organic shapes since 1999 when he discovered his hidden talent through a philosophical quest of inquiring why people adorn themselves.
After one year in business, the Council of Fashion Designers of America bestowed the Perry Ellis Award for best new accessory designer upon Dean and thus established him as an important name in the jewelry community.
In 2003 Dean’s 18k yellow gold branch tiara was one of only two pieces of jewelry exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the “Goddess” exhibit.
In 2004 Dean was one of the 10 finalists in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. This competition was documented in the movie “Seamless”.
Dean was featured in the book, Sample by Phaidon Press. The book showcased the top 100 designers of the new millennium.
Kent State University held an exhibition of Dean’s work from 2007 to 2008. This was the first time the museum dedicated a show to a single jeweler.
Target selected Dean to be their third guest jewelry designer for fall 2008.
In 2009 Dean began his collaboration with QVC under the umbrella "Signature Dean Harris" featuring his sterling silver jewelry in iconic 'vine' work.
From July to October 2010, the Carnegie Mellon Museum of Natural History exhibited Dean's fossilized bone necklace in it's geological collection.
Dean Harris’ jewelry has been used in the fashion shows of: Marc Jacobs, Bill Blass, John Varvatos, Derek Lam, Peter Som, and Doo Ri, as well as Chado Ralph Rucci ready-to-wear and couture.