Carmen Marc Valvo

Lifetime Love Gown

$60 – $80 rental?
$745 retail
Stylist Notes

Feel like a celebrity in this gorgeous Carmen Marc Valvo gown. Classic accessories like Kenneth Jay Lane’s Polished Crystal Drop Earrings are all you need to top off that glam look!

Also available in red and navy.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size, yet runs slightly short in length. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Size 0-12 & plus 18W-22W.

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Fitted - very loosely fitted in bodice
HIPS: Fitted - loosely fitted on hips and backside; consider wearing with SPANX to cinch in waist and back
LENGTH: Floor length - available in 3 lengths (Petite, Regular, Long): Petite measures 56" from shoulder to hem and will be floor length on a 5'1'' woman in 3" heels; Regular measures 58” from shoulder to hem and will be floor length on a 5’3” woman in 3” heels; Long measures 61” from shoulder to hem and will be floor length on a 5’6” woman in 3” heels. Curvier women should consider sizing up for length

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
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Product Details

Black crepe(100% polyester). One shoulder neckline with ruffled shoulder strap. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden side zip. Imported. See size and fit tab for length.

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584 reviews
Fit
Large
(181)
True to Size
(322)
Small
(8)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Body type: Full Bust
January 27, 2013
Pretty gown. Runs very large.
I ordered 2 sizes, 10R and 12R, and ended up wearing the 10R as the 12R was way too large. I am usually a 12R in all designer gowns/dresses and the 12R was way too large. The 10R fit well and was beautiful and comfortable to wear.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 27, 2013
Statement dress!
This dress was SO flattering. My fiancé wanted to buy it for me, he loved it so much. It was a bit long for my height, so large heels are a must.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
January 27, 2013
This was my backup! Never worn
Never worn!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
January 28, 2013
Loved this classic dress!
I absolutely loved this dress and the earrings! I felt very comfortable and received countless compliments. The dress was too big on me, however, because it's black and the venue was darkly lit, only I could tell it. It was classy, beautiful, and most importantly, I felt beautiful!
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
January 30, 2013
Elegant and Classy!
This dress fit beautifully! It was the perfect length for 3" heels. I ordered both the 8R and the 6L and ended up wearing the 8R only because it seemed a bit longer. It is very form flattering!
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 145lbs
January 31, 2013
Awesome customer service, loved the dress!!!
the dress fitted just right and it definitely was the highlight of the night
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 51
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 155lbs
February 4, 2013
Elegant!
Very easy to wear and looked great. Definitely wear shape wear underneath and beware the strapless bra you choose ... mine peeked out the top on the low side from time to time. Also, the hangar straps were annoying and would recommend pinning or taping them down (I had to fuss with them all night). Great dress, would rent again.
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 47
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
February 6, 2013
Simple, elegant, but runs big.
I wore this dress to the NAACP Image Awards. I'm a solid 8, with a curvy top and bottom and this dress was too big. I placed my order late at night and for some reason ordered my size and a size up instead of a size down. I'm only 5'2" so it was long on me too, but I wore these gorgeous gold shoes and got to show them off while holding my dress up all the time. It was perfect for the occasion, not to fancy, not too plain, just right.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 117lbs
February 6, 2013
Just perfecdt!!
Beautiful dress. Wore it to the South Carolina State Society Inaugural Ball and thought it was perfect for the occasion!
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
February 11, 2013
Such a glamorous gown!
I am normally a size 6 and I am 5'6/7 but the long dress was a bit short with my 3 inch heels. I rented both the 6 & the 4 and both fit but the 4 was much more flattering -- so size down! Was also very tight in the chest which made it difficult for me to wear a bra. But overall, it was a gorgeous dress and I got lots of compliments on it!
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
February 17, 2013
My date kept telling me I was the most beautiful girl at the party. I felt so beautiful in my dress.
The dress was a perfect fit and fit best in heels.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 61
Bust size: 38AA
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
February 17, 2013
Seven years out from Stage 3B breast cancer, double mastectomy - this dress made me feel gorgeous.
The fabric is simply beautiful, rich and flowing skirt. The one shoulder is flattering, even with a lymphedema sleeve on! Gorgeous, stunning dress.
CatFebruary 26, 2013
such a beautiful dress, a beautiful woman, and a beautiful message! Love you Mom ;)
BrookeApril 22, 2013
Absolutely beautiful!
KateDecember 5, 2013
Stunning inside and out!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Body type: Pear
February 17, 2013
Beautiful, classic dress and very comfortable
I wore to an inaugural ball- received lots of compliments. I think I may have seen it or similarly styled dress on some other ladies but did not care.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
February 18, 2013
Spectacular dress. Very elegant and comfortable. Loved it!
It fits very nicely and the fabric is soft and nice.
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 55
Body type: Hourglass
February 19, 2013
The dress was beautiful
The dress fit perfectly. I'm 5'9" and I'm glad I got the tall. I received so many compliments on the dress. I will definitely order again. The whole experience was easy and well done.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
February 21, 2013
Great dress, but VERY short!
This dress is gorgeous, but is not made for tall people. I ordered a size 6L and 8L and both were WAY too short. The 6L fit me perfectly but was just touching the ground while I was barefoot. I tried on the 8L hoping that it would be a few inches longer but they were the same length. I guess I could have worn the dress if I had flats, but definitely could not wear it with any heels - very disappointing as the dress is stunning. If you are shorter than 5'8" I think this dress is for you.... girls taller than 5'8" may want to pick another dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 151lbs
August 15, 2012
Great Dress
Very heavy/nice material. A lot of compliments. Beautiful and comfortable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 174lbs
December 19, 2012
Loved it!
Simple and elegant, can't wait for next formal event to use rent the runway.
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 57
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
February 25, 2013
Gorgeous dress! Very elegant and traveled well.
Love the dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
March 4, 2013
Classic, sexy and comfy!
This dress is lovely! I ordered a 4R and 6R. The 4R fit me wonderfully except the zipper did NOT lay properly. It made a huge bubble. I think maybe it has been replaced because it was really noticeable. So, I ended up wearing the 6R and it was fine just didn't fit as nicely. It just sort of hung there. I wore about 3" heels and it was perfect. I do think this dress runs a little big.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
March 5, 2013
Classic and pretty!
I ordered a 2R and 4R. The 4R was a little big, but perfect length with 4'' heels. The 2R fit perfectly, but was a little too short for my heels, so I ended up wearing the larger size.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
March 5, 2013
Perfect length!
This dress is perfect! I was concerned about the length so I ordered an 8R and a 6L and ended up wearing the 6L. Both were about the same length, but the dress actually looked better a little on the snug side. I got compliments all night and everyone loved the one shoulder. I also really loved the bottom of the dress (can't see in this picture) because it flared out just enough that I felt like Princess Diana in the picture where she is dancing with John Travolta.
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Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
March 8, 2013
I got so many compliments and was comfortable the entire night!
The dress was not too form fitting and didn't wrinkle easily. It was a bit longer in the back, but other wise everything was great!
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
March 10, 2013
This dress made me feel glamorous!
The fit was perfect. It was perfect and so very suitable for the black tie wedding! I Ordered the 8R and 10R as I'm between sizes and the 8 fit great! It was the perfect length. I am 5'5 and wore 3.5 inch heels and it swept the floor just right. The only thing was that it was a bit big in the bust area, but not unbearable. With that being said, I never felt so glamorous wearing this dress!
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
March 11, 2013
Absolutely loved this dress!!!
The fit was exactly as described. I was concerned that the long would be too long but it was perfect with 2.5 inch heels. It was very comfortable to wear and looked really elegant at the black tie wedding.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
March 19, 2013
Gorgeous dress in person, but unfortunately, it was a little too large in the chest area.
Gorgeous dress in person, but unfortunately, it was a little too large in the chest area. Not the dresses's fault!
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
March 19, 2013
I felt fabulous in this dress! I felt like I could have been a celebrity!
Loved this dress!! It was extremely flattering in the right places. Not too tight in the mid section. Would definitely recommend it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
March 23, 2013
NYE Wedding Perfection
This dress fit so perfectly. I had knee surgery and couldn't wear heels and this dress was perfect for me to wear with my flat sandals. I'm not super curvy and it made me look like I was. I would definitely rent this dress again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 45
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
March 24, 2013
Complete strangers complimented me about "my" beautiful gown! (It screams couture!)
I am 5'4" and I am a true size 2, but I opted to order the 0L and the 2L because I like to wear very tall, platform heels. I am delighted I made that decision because the L was the perfect length to accommodate the shoes I wanted to wear. I used the 0L because I am very slight on the top and it was perfect. The fabric of the dress is such high quality it falls beautifully. The cut is perfect and not clingy or tight, so it would work on any shape of body. I was delighted and surprised that the bottom of the gown swirls slightly when you walk- like poetry in motion. I'm sad I have to give her back...... but overjoyed by my rent the runway experience.
Lilly RocSeptember 29, 2013
Love the hair and the bold color bag. Congrats. Which kind of coat or stole did you use?
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 142lbs
March 26, 2013
Loved this dress, so comfortable and it fit great!
customer service was great, the size that fit best had a small tear in the bust, thankfully I got the dress 1 day early, they messengered a new one over day of!
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132lbs
March 29, 2013
I felt very glamorous and received many compliments.
Loved the fit and the fact that you offer LONG
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 47
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170lbs
April 3, 2013
did not wear, ran big
beautiful dress
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
April 3, 2013
CLASSIC! Loved it!
This is such a classic dress! It ran a little big, but a little short. I rented late, but I would have liked a 2L or a 4L. I would totally rent this again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
April 3, 2013
Classy and Effortless!
I wore this dress for a formal black tie gala at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. It was perfection. The material was lush and looked brand new. I received several compliments and felt extremely comfortable in it around co-workers. The ruffle sits very nicely on chest and the dress ran true to size. It does run a bit short in length so don't plan on wearing skyscraper heels!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
April 9, 2013
Perfect Black Tie Dress
This dress was classic and comfortable! Received compliments all night long. Was perfect for a very formal black tie wedding.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4P
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 119lbs
April 12, 2013
Next time!
I loved this dress and really hoped it would work, but was a bit too large for my small frame. Wish I could have gotten the 2P but it was all sold out.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 189lbs
April 15, 2013
Accidentally Received, Not thought to be my style, turned out perfectly!!!
The girl before me that rented the dress I originally rented destroyed it and so they sent me this one as a replacement. I never thought I would like myself in this dress but it was wonderful on, I received compliments all night. It is very elegant and I loved how the hem kicked up in flutters as I walked. A 100% win and I will rent it again.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
April 15, 2013
I fit in the smaller size!
I have some extra weight on me that I haven't lost from going overboard during pregnancy. I carry most of it in my belly, so it is sometimes hard to look good, especially since I used to be tiny. This dress was nice for giving a sleek look. The smaller size held everything in better. I wore spanx to smooth everything out and it looked great. Great dress. Very comfortable.
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Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 52
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
April 17, 2013
What a wonderful night with my hubby at our Deb Ball!
This dress is made for a lady with curves! Best fit of my life! LOVED it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
April 18, 2013
Sadly this dress didn't work for me at all...
I was fairly disappointed by this dress. I am a very consistent 4 but this dress was HUGE on me and didn't fit my waist at all, so much so that I ended up wearing my back up RTR dress instead. I was also surprised by the material, it was very heavy and thick and had a train on the back that I wasn't expecting. The long was way too long on me, even with my highest heels, but since I was working at my non-profit's black tie gala that night I knew the train wouldn't work and someone was going to step on the back of it. Overall, I still love the ruffle on the shoulder, but it's just not built for girls with any hips that don't want to look like tents.
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