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Alice by Temperley

Cleopatra Gown

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$725 Retail

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Stylist Notes

With intricate embroidery and beading, this Alice by Temperley gown is one of a kind. The flutter sleeves and diamond cut-out bare just the right amount of skin.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at high waist with tie - adjustable belt at waist allows for flexible fit at waist
HIPS: Not fitted - full skirt does not hug hips at all
LENGTH: Floor length - available in 2 lengths (Regular, Long): Regular is for heights 5'6" and below. Long is for heights above 5'6''.

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Bump Friendly, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
.

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs true to size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at high waist with tie - adjustable belt at waist allows for flexible fit at waist
HIPS: Not fitted - full skirt does not hug hips at all
LENGTH: Floor length - available in 2 lengths (Regular, Long): Regular is for heights 5'6" and below. Long is for heights above 5'6''.

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Bump Friendly, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
.

Size Chart

Size Chart

Length Chart

Length Chart

Dresses may not be offered in all of the above lengths.

Product Details

Black silk. Crew neckline with diamond cut-out. Embroidery and pyramid beading embellishment at neckline and waist. Empire waist with tie-back. Flutter sleeve. Keyhole back with three button closure. See Size and Fit tab for length.

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34 reviews

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Small 1
True to Size 19
Large 14
Photos 6
Tj
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 26, 2010

Overall fit: True to Size
I was a bit skeptical about wearing a long dress, but I wanted something a little different for this particular event. I received tons of compliments! I stood out from the crowd and felt like a queen!! Even when I thought women were staring at me with disgust, as I got closer to them they all said, "I like your dress!" Some men even said, "Hey, your dress is like Cleopatra!" If you're going to a formal event and want something different and memorable, rent this dress!!
LM
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Body type: Athletic
Dec 22, 2010

Overall fit: Large
I wore this dress to a black tie wedding, it was so comfortable and very unique, I just wish i had gotten a size smaller because it was a little big, although the tie does help to reign it in. A few things to be wary of: the clasp in the front kept coming undone so I ended up sewing it together for the event, a few of the studs were loose around the collar, and the fabric of the dress seemed a little worn... BUT overall, loved this dress.
OT
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
Dec 27, 2010

Overall fit: True to Size
The dress was amazing! Very comfortable and looked great. Simple and elegant. I rec'd a ton of compliments. Process was smooth and will definitely use RTR again!
alc
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Body type: Petite
Jan 10, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
LOVED this dress! It was comfortable and the fit could not have been more flattering. I received many compliments. Agree that the clasp in front came undone several times, but I didn't notice it often because the dress stayed closed. Highly recommend this dress!!
Bl
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 42
Body type: Hourglass
Feb 8, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I loved this dress. It was so comfortable and very flattering. I got about 6 compliments in 3 1/2 hours. It is very true to size. No need to order up. Totally recommend it.
Wiggs
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
May 31, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I got this dress to wear to a wedding and received TONS of compliments, which was unexpected. I have recently, ahem, packed on a couple (20) extra pounds, so I needed something to hide my new gut and booty situation. This worked like a charm. Nobody could tell I had extra padding, and I think I ended up looking pretty darn good in photos.
KKC
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Jul 18, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I absolutely loved this dress it was super comfy and fun for a wedding that I attended where everyone danced. I ended up going with the size smaller since I am smaller through the waist! Absolutely loved the detail on neck. One problem is sometimes is comes undone I had to squeeze with tweezers in bathroom to keep shut!
Hadley
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Body type: Pear
Oct 18, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I loved this dress -- it was perfect for an evening wedding. I received lots of comments. It was super comfortable. I normally wear an 8 -- they only had an 8 to rent at the time. It fit well, but I could have also worn a 6. In terms of length, the long was perfect for 3" heels.
Kate M.
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Body type: Petite
Oct 19, 2011

Overall fit: Large
I was surprised to find that the 2 fit me so perfectly in light of this being a British Designer (whom I've found to run small). I'm 5'4" and wore 3 inch heels and the length was perfect. I got a ton of compliments and wish I owned this dress!
Becky
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Body type: Pear
Oct 31, 2011

Overall fit: Large
I rented this dress in a size 8 and a size 6. The size 6 hung off of me loosely and it looked like an unflattering tent. I definitely wouldn't recommend this for petite girls.
Sooo Happy...
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 43
Body type: Hourglass
Oct 31, 2011

Overall fit: Large
This dress was my second choice. I liked it because it flowed so beautifully and was unusual. Although the dress was as pretty as pictured, it ran a little large. I hope that helps. Renting was a great experience and super easy! Thanks!
anon.
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Mar 1, 2012

great dress!!

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
this is a great original piece. the dress is flattering, the material silky and sleek. you will fell like an egyptian princess. got many compliments on this dramatic dress. men don't always prefer a more obvious dress!
Keren
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Jul 23, 2012

Great Maternity dress!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I rented this dress for my baby shower...I haven't put on too much weight just my belly and this dress was perfect! I haven't bought any maternity clothes so far (I was 8 months for the shower) and this dress let me feel sexy and beautiful! I am 5'6 and the long fit perfectly..the top was very flattering on my "new" chest and the tie fit just above my belly. All in all it was a huge hit!
Courtney
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Aug 28, 2012

Henna Party Dress

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Loved this! Just enough exotic flair to fit in at a henna party full of gorgeous traditional embroidered dress, but simple enough that I still felt like my self. Great fit, TTS. I am 5'8'' 130lbs. On the short side, had to wear completely flat sandals.
katherine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160 lbs
Oct 16, 2012

This dress was easy to wear and very comfortable without sacrificing style!

Size worn: 12L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress wears beautifully and the unique collar garnered many compliments. It is easy to wear and keeps a beautiful shape. Jewelry is easy to... keep it minimal thanks to the collar. the 12L was perfect for my height and in 3 inch heels.
Jamelah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160 lbs
Dec 15, 2012

wonderful

Size worn: 10L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I safety pinned the key-hole since I was wearing it to event attended by conservative types. Lovely! Thought I was going to wear it to a wedding, but it wasn't formal enough - but we had lots of pre-wedding events and this was perfect for it.
Jillian
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 165 lbs
Jan 29, 2013

Beautiful, comfy dress!

Size worn: 10L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore a 10L, but it was still quite short (although I am 6ft tall!). Very comfortable and I received lots of compliments!
tapir
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Body type: Athletic
Jan 29, 2013

Comfortable & stylish while pregnant

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Vacation
I wore this at almost 8 months pregnant, and usually wear a size 6...so I would say it runs big! Great dress for pregnancy, it is very comfortable and accommodating. The bust was a bit tighter than I would have liked but the size 6 was not available. Really recommend and I would wear it if not pregnant as well.
Sara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Feb 5, 2013

Didn't end up wearing

Size worn: 8L
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress for a wedding and was unable to wear it. It ran very large and the ties that I thought I could cinch the dress with were missing. The length, which I was most worried about, was great with a pair of 3 inch heels. I called RTR after trying the dress on and spoke with Jocelyn. She was able to help me select two more dresses and shipped them to my hotel in Florida. The dresses she sent were beautiful, and overall it was a great experience. I would definitely recommend RTR to anyone and will definitely rent from again in the future.
Megan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 2, 2013

LOVED this dress

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
Wore this dress to my winter wedding rehearsal and it was just perfect. The dress makes a statement, while still being comfortable and conservative enough for the church rehearsal. It does run a bit large, so I wore a size smaller than usual and it was perfect.
Kelly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Apr 17, 2013

Great bump-friendly dress!

Size worn: 8L
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this to my brother's wedding at 37 weeks pregnant and got TONS of compliments. This dress is beautiful, but runs quite large. Perfect to hide a bump or your mid-section, but I'd definitely size-down if you are not expecting. Pre-pregnancy size was a 6 and I only needed an 8 while 9 months pregnant with a 36F bust (I gave birth 2 weeks later!) - I probably could've even fit in the 6 if I had one to try.
Hayley
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
May 22, 2013

Such a great dress! So many compliments!

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was great for a deb ball. Got a lot of compliments on the bead work. Fit well, nice empire waist. Wore 4 inch heels, and the length was perfect! Would def wear this again!
Nicole
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
May 30, 2013

Lovely, Elegant AND Comfortable

Size worn: 8L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress to a wedding when I was 7 months pregnant, and it was so comfortable. I felt very elegant in it. I also received so many compliments that I would definitely rent it again!
Victoria
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
Dec 5, 2013

This was a backup dress

Size worn: 8R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The fit was good (surprising since Temperley tends to run small) but on my curvy bod it didn't look like I thought it would and accentuate my waistline. Ended up wearing a different gown. This dress would be lovely on someone with a tall, willowy figure though.
SC
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128 lbs
Jan 6, 2014

The unforgettable moment was RTR letting me return it for a swap! Great customer service!

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
The fit was tight under the arms and was too short. It came to my ankles without heels and I am 5'5". Also, it's more of a baby doll dress than pictured; there's very minimal cinching below the bustline and swallowed me.
Messie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150 lbs
Feb 20, 2014

perfect for 6 month bump!

Size worn: 8L
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
this dress gave me plenty of room for my 6 month pregnancy bump. I think it would be flattering on many shapes. the straps around the waist made it fit perfectly while still giving me plenty of room. even with the long, I had to wear flat shoes but some of that can contribute to my belly raising the hemline. thanks for a wonderful experience even while pregnant! I felt like an Egyptian queen!
Leslie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Apr 17, 2014

Vintage inspired!

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
This dress was perfect for a 1930's Old Hollywood theme party I attended. The art deco detail on the neckline was just what I needed for added bling without going over the top. The fabric of this dress is very light and flows nicely. The waist is elastic so the fit is quite generous... could easily go a size smaller than your standard dress size. At 5'3, I thought the length was a bit long... I had to wear my highest heals to prevent it from dragging on the ground.
Hallie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Apr 30, 2014

Fit well

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fit well
Celine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 118 lbs
May 31, 2014

Perfect for Pregnant Ladies!

Size worn: 2L
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress at 34 weeks for a wedding. I followed the reviews that said the dress runs large and ended up getting my normal, pre-pregnancy size...but in the long length to accommodate my bump. I didn't get a back-up size and it fit perfectly. Because the waist isn't fitted but has a tie, it really works nicely as a maternity dress. I was extremely comfortable, the long length ended up being perfect (even though I'm 5'6") and I received lots of compliments. Highly recommend to pregnant girls - especially those who are really showing/in the 3rd trimester!
Angeline
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 122 lbs
Oct 15, 2014

Perfect blend of comfort and glam.

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was perfect for helping run (and attend) a 20s themed charity gala. I needed something that would accommodate a regular bra and hopefully allow me to wear flats, since I knew I'd be running around all night behind the scenes and up on stage. This was the perfect combo...comfy and just the right length to wear flats underneath. It did run a little big (I usually wear a 4, but the 2 fit perfectly). I was worried about it looking frumpy and bringing too much attention to my recently post-baby belly, but it was sleek and elegant and skimmed over everything. I paired it with a deco-style cuff I already owned, black flat sandals and did my hair in a low updo with a jeweled clip.
Carrie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Nov 9, 2014

So. Many. Compliments! Comfy to boot.

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Vacation
I rented this dress as one of two for a trip to LA this past week. I wore this to walk around Rodeo drive, out to dinner with friends, and to fly in, etc. Casual wear. I felt like a million bucks, and received enough compliments to validate that sentiment. I did not wear this one to the formal Thursday night dinner as it was only a regular length, but worked well to wear flats casually. My ankles were still showing, but for going up and down all the stairs in the stores in LA, perfect. I wasn't tripping over myself. The material under the armpits however, was very, very restricting, hence it losing one star. Also, the buttons on the back of the dress are extremely hard to button and unbutton. I ended up tying the tie around the waist in a way to define my waist more. Much preferable.
Katie
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 134 lbs
Nov 19, 2014

I wore this dress while 6 months pregnant to a film premiere. It worked beautifully!

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
The jersey drape and empire waist were perfect for my baby bump.
katie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Dec 19, 2014

Comfortable and glamorous, I loved it!

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress fit well, a little tight in the armseye, but not uncomfortably so. I'm a shortie (5'3") and wore flats. The dress just brushed the floor on me, but if you are any taller than 5'4" or are planning to wear heels, I would consider ordering the long length. Black silk = comfort galore. I felt like I was wearing pajamas the whole night. The accessory recommendations for this dress are spot on. I also rented the earrings and they were a hit.
Christy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 20, 2015

PERFECT dress for the VERY pregnant!

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
I wore this dress at 39 weeks pregnant. I had to sing in a benefit concert and searched RTR's "bump friendly" section for hours. I love this designer, and knew that, because this is basically a shapeless dress with a belt, I could make it work with my massive bump! A few days before my event, RTR contacted me and told me that my dress had been returned damaged beyond repair and would not be ready for my event. I was devastated! But, they offered any other dress I wanted regardless of rental price, so I ordered the same dress one size up, as well as another as backup (free of charge). So glad this worked perfectly, thanks to RTR's as-always-amazing customer service!
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