allison parris

Grand Celebration Dress

$142 to buy
$627 retail
Stylist Notes

Channel Audrey Hepburn in this stunning tulle gown by allison parris.

Also available in white.

Size & Fit

This dress runs small. We recommend sizing up (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black tulle (bodice: 100% silk, skirt: 100% nylon tulle). Strapless. Straight neckline. Full skirt with asymmetric hem. Exposed back zipper. Lined. See size and fit tab for lengths. Made in USA.

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428 reviews
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(6)
True to Size
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Small
(193)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
September 28, 2013
beautiful and dramatic
i rented this dress as a back up for a black tie fundraising gala we attended. i LOVED it, and ordered my normal size but couldn't zip it up. i will definitely rent it again for my next event but in the next size up!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
October 7, 2013
Too witchy for me.
I fell in love with this dress online. I have to say the fit was very odd on me though. I'm 5'7'' and ordered the long as suggested, but it was WAY to long. My heels would have gotten caught in the tule over and over. Also, there was a very intense chemical smell that would not go away. Sad to say it did not work for me, but my back up dress was THE BOMB!! Love RTR and will use it over and over again!
kjamOctober 15, 2013
If you liked this one, can I ask which dress did you pick for your back up dress that seemed to work really well for you?
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
October 10, 2013
beautiful picture on the model...
when i rented this dress, it was brand new and there hadn't been any reviews of it yet. the tulle was wayyyy too much. it was like i was drowning in a halloween costume (not wedding appropriate). maybe it i was taller/slimmer it may not have been such a big deal. however, the boning/structuring of the top ran small and i wasn't able to zip up the 8 or 10 over my back. very sad because i was really looking forward to a SJP moment and wearing some red heels to pop.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 162lbs
October 14, 2013
Stunning, but couldn't wear it...
Not good for a pear or hour glass figure. Made my hips look even bigger. Ended up not wearing it but it really was a stunning dress.
KellyOctober 14, 2013
Did it fit otherwise (like could you zip it)? I'm about the same size and thinking about renting.
KelseyNovember 15, 2013
yes wondering the same thing!
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 126lbs
October 14, 2013
Beautiful in photos, a little larger in person.
I loved this dress online, but the skirt is much fuller in person. I couldn't zip it up so I didnt wear it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
October 22, 2013
Loved the dress, it definitely was a show stopper for bday.. Received compliments all night long
The under lining was a bit short, tight and hard to sit in but the poofiness of the toole camouflaged all of that. Overall exprience: I would recommend this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 136lbs
October 23, 2013
Everyone told me this dress would look too witchy, they were wrong!
This dress definitely runs small. I am usually a 6R but ended up wearing an 8R. I also recommend wearing 3+ inch heels because the back of the dress may get caught in your heel. I wore this for a fashion show that my RTR team put on and it was definitely the highlight of my night. I was confident and loved my dress. I didn't wear a bra with this dress because it may not have fit and because I didn't really need one with how fitted this dress is. I LOVED this rental and would definitely recommend it,
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 116lbs
November 5, 2013
Too many compliments!!!
Well ladies, all I am going to say is that I had never received so many compliments for a dress before. Don't hesitate, go for it. It is so much fun. Notes *** This dress is a bit tight in the bust. I wear a 34B bra, so if you wear a bigger size consider a 6 or more. I'm 5'3" but had to rent the long since the R was not available. It worked just as fine.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
November 7, 2013
Beautiful dress, but the zipper was broken.
I was nervous about this dress because other reviews said it runs small. I received it today and it fit great! However, the big gold zipper on the back was broken. It looks like the teeth of it are bent so when I zipped it up (even when it wasn't on me) the zipper split open in the middle. I didn't have a backup size because the zero and four were both unavailable. I had a mini panic moment but the customer service of RTR was exceptional and they did everything in their power to get me a different style for my event. I have a dress being overnighted to me for tomorrow, and fingers crossed, it will all work out!
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
November 9, 2013
Great customer service!! Will use rtr again and again!
I could not zip the dress even though I ordered a size larger than I normally wear. The liner didn't fit my hips. Runs very small!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
November 11, 2013
I got so many compliments on this dress all night long.
It is so different from what I would usually wear, but I wanted to go big since I was going to use RTR. I am so glad I did, because I felt amazing and it fit perfectly and barely grazed the ground. I did not even have to wear a bra since the bodice fit so snug.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
November 11, 2013
Received several Compliments and pic request throughout the Night!
The dress ran small so had to wear the size up. Was informed by RTR also that this designers dresses run small. Luved the fit though, dance all throughout the night. Received compliments all night and several days after I returned to work. Attended a black and white fundraiser ball for one of my accounts, This is 2nd time I have rented from RTR and I plan to continue to be a loyal customer. It was a night I will never forget and the dress made it even more memorable!
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
November 18, 2013
Stunning dramatic dress!
I have a body that is significantly smaller on the top than the bottom, and I picked this dress because it looks like it is loose on the bottom. This dress is not loose from the waist down, but I made it work. The tight-fitting inner skirt runs down to about mid-thigh, I would guess. I couldn't get it over my hips, but the tulle is so dense, you couldn't tell. In the end, it looked great and I received tons of compliments!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
November 24, 2013
1000 compliments on this dress. Wore it to a formal military function & no one wore anything similar
The corset is slimming and supportive (no bra needed) and the skirt was fun and lightweight. No complaints with this dress, it really was a big hit.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 110lbs
November 27, 2013
Elegant
The dress was very glamorous and fun to wear. I will say that the tulle is a bit difficult to shove under a table if you will be having dinner, but it was worth it for the short amount of time I spent seated at the event. Finally, I would recommend sizing up one size as the ribbing in the bodice cuts in at the upper waist (part of the pretty design, but a little annoying).
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 126lbs
December 2, 2013
Really fun dress to wear!
The bodice runs pretty small
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Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
December 5, 2013
too short and too small in bust to wear
Pretty dress. Bunches a little too much in the lower waist. Even the long was a little short. Hips were a tiny bit snug, and waist was perfect, but the chest was too small.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 48
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
December 5, 2013
Pretty and unique
Sad to say this beautiful dress didn't fit. It runs small and a bit narrow thru the bodice.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
December 7, 2013
I absolutely LOVED the dress! Felt like a princess all night! Would highly recommend it!
I rented this dress for a black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. I was nervous it was going to be too much but it was THE perfect dress for the event! I can't even tell you how many compliments I received that night. I usually wear a 4 but had to size up to a 6, and it was perfect. The upper part is really tight but in a good way. I did not have to wear a bra under it! The regular length was also perfect for me as it barely touched the floor in the back. Again, would definitely recommend this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
December 7, 2013
The 12 is an 8. Dress fit my hips & waist, but was inches too small in the chest. "12"=29" chest.
While the front looks pretty and it'd be fun to wear, unfortunately, the chest runs SUPER small, so unless you're a 12 with a 29" chest and A-cup breasts, take a pass on this one.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
December 8, 2013
Breathtaking
Fit amazing! Bodice does run a bit snug. I am going to rent this again for my prom I loved it so much. Wear heels otherwise the dress does drag a bit on the ground and it looks better with a slick stiletto. Thank you RTR!
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
December 9, 2013
Too small on the bust
Nice dress, shame about the sizing running so small. Luckily this was my spare, I couldn't close the zipper cause my boobs are too big. I think this would be ideal for smaller chested ladies
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
December 10, 2013
I received a lot of complements for this dress and it looked amazing.
The top of the dress runs in the smaller side, but it gives nice contouring to the body. The bottom is just perfect.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 110lbs
December 12, 2013
Show-stopper - major statement piece!
The bodice was a perfect snug fit for a small bust and although a straight cut still super flattering. The long size was a tad long in the back with 4in heels but a shorter cut would have looked too small.
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
December 16, 2013
Many compliments.
Comes pretty wrinkled all jammed in a bag. Had to let it hang but it was still not as pretty as the photo, it was kind of like a spider web. I usually wear a size 2 or small 4, but they didn't have the 4L available -- so since many people said it ran small, I ordered the 6L. It was a little bit on top, but I made it work. There was no hook & eye which was a little frustrating, as the zipper wouldn't stay up the entire way. It kept coming undone about 1 inch or so. In the tulle at the bottom, there were many holes in it -- but you couldn't tell unless you looked really hard. I was complimented ALL NIGHT long in this dress. I felt like the belle of the ball. But would I rent it again? Probably in the size 4.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
December 16, 2013
Glamourous for a holiday event!
Very snug fit and well constructred on the bodice. The tulle was troublesome at times and could easily get snagged on anything. However, I love ballgown feel of the dress which is a huge contrast to my everyday wear. I would recommend to all those women who have never worn a "princess" style poof dress beacuse why not feel glamourous?! Enjoy!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 32
Body type: Petite
December 16, 2013
Gorgeous dress, but my size was out of stock
This was my first choice dress for a masquerade-themed holiday party, but my usual size had not been returned in time from the previous renter so RTR only sent me my back-up size. I was hoping this would work since the dress is said to run small, but unfortunately the size 2 was too big. The top gaped at the top (and I have a large bust) and the materiel bunched in the back around the zipper. Would rent again if I have another event fancy enough and my size is in stock!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
December 22, 2013
oh how the jaws dropped!
This dress makes such an impression. Far, far from an ordinary black dress. The bodice is a little tight. This is not a problem in the waist but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for larger busts, maybe above a C. The skirt is very puffy and dramatic but was not too over the top. I would have preferred the 4R (i'm 5'4, 32-27-35) but only the 4L was available. This was okay but I wish my heels were a bit higher.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
January 1, 2014
Fun, elegant fairy tale dress!
This is definitely one of my favorite gowns I've worn! Rented for a black-tie NYE gala. Photos do not do this dress justice - the bodice is elegant and fitted, but the tulle skirt is what makes this dress so attention-getting. I wanted to twirl all night like my daughters playing dress up! The bodice seems to run small. Which is why I wore the 4 instead of a 2, but it did seem to stretch a bit with wear. Also, at 5''i", I was happy with the regular length - the longer length would have dragged in the back too much (never fun on a dance floor or in a crowd). I can not wait to wear this dress again!
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
January 2, 2014
Beautiful dress, but runs small!
I wore this dress for New Years Eve and it was fantastic! The dress runs very small through the torso/rib cage area. Definitely size up if you are a bit curvy. Overall, I loved the dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
January 5, 2014
Absolutely stunning and fun!
Such a beautiful dress! I rented this for a black tie NYE wedding & it was perfect! I got so many compliments all night and it was a blast to wear and dance in! Only downside was the lining… the dress itself fit like a glove, but the lining was very tight around my bum. I ended up pulling the lining up a bit and wore black boy shorts under. Since the tulle is so thick, you couldn't tell anyway, but just in case! Thanks RTR for such an incredible dress!
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
January 12, 2014
This dress was so much fun to wear!
I am tall and usually wear a size 2/4, but due to the small fit of the top part of the gown, I had to wear a 6L. The length was perfect, and it was comfortable to sit and move around in all evening. I will definitely be wearing this specific designer again! I paired it with a cluster of pearls and Kate Spade bow earrings and it worked perfectly for the black tie event. I would suggest this gown for taller girls who are more "straight and narrow", as a more petite girl may get lost in all of the tulle and this dress wouldn't be great for women with curves. Also, anyone with a bust size above mine probably won't be comfortable in the gown.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
January 13, 2014
Too small.
It was a beautiful dress, nice quality. Make sure you get the right size! I read the other reviews and sized up for back up size, but I should have sized up two sizes and not even ordered my size. It is literally two sizes bigger than your normal size, especially if you have a bigger chest.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 34
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
January 13, 2014
I loved the dress.
really tight in the hips
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
January 21, 2014
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
I wore this dress to a ball & got a TON of compliments!!! It was so much fun to dance in and most importantly it was COMFORTABLE!!! The fit in the torso is PERFECT…its tight like you would want…no bra needed & its stays in place PERFECTLY! Not once did I have to adjust to ensure nothing was coming out! I am pear shaped so my hips are bigger then my chest area so the bottom part of the under skirt was tight and rode up after I would sit down…I simply put on my black fitted slip & was comfortable the entire night. The tulle is of course see through if you walk into the light so with my slip I had full coverage. I highly recommend this dress if you want to look amazing & be comfortable at the same time!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 21, 2014
Beautiful Style, Super Narrow Cut
I rented this dress for my sister and I. We got headshots done for our business and needed matching dresses. I rented an 8 and a 0 (for her). When they arrived I fell in love. I loved the style, the short to long and the tulle. However, when I put it on the top was extremely narrow. I am a curvy c-d cup and there was no give to the top. Each dress I rent, I am a true 8. With this dress I couldn't even zip the top up. It just wasn't going to happen. The style was great but I am glad I didn't rent this for an event.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 123lbs
January 26, 2014
Major attention-getter!
This dress is so gorgeous! All night long, I received compliments from strangers - one man stopped me to say I had the prettiest dress he'd seen all night. The tight, subtly asymmetrical bodice with the full tulle skirt make it really fun and unique. I read a lot of reviews that said this dress runs small, so I ordered a 4R (my usual size), and a 6R. The 4 was sadly too big, so I didn't get to go braless like I'd hoped, but had to pull out a padded strapless. Luckily with the bra the dress worked, but the bodice was a bit loose and I had to walk around puffing my chest out a little. The 2 would have been killer! But then I may not have had the heart to send it back... I fear that no other dress will measure up to this one in future, it was so much fun to wear! I also rented the Dress Me Up bracelet and CC Skye sliver crystal feather earrings and I Loved the total look.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
January 28, 2014
Fun party dress, runs small!
I rented this for a formal party with a Night Circus theme. It definitely made a statement and fit the theme perfectly. I'm normally a 6 or 8 dress size, and even the 8 was snug. If you have a large chest, beware! I made it work though. The tulle of the skirt wasn't in the best condition when it arrived to me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
February 1, 2014
Lots of tulle.
This dress is beautiful for what it is, but you have to be bold to wear it. I sized up according to recommendations, but the 8 didn't fit me at all (way too big). I wore another dress, but would've considered this if it had fit. The bodice is fairly short and there is LOTS of tulle. I think it could be toned down if you took the time to flatten each layer one at a time, but it will still be a dramatic dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
February 4, 2014
I wish I owned this dress! It's incredible!
I rented this dress for a company party that was 1930's circus themed and it was perfect! The only thing you need to be aware of is that it runs small! I am small chested so didn't have any issues with this but I could imagine that larger chests would have some serious issues zipping up. Also you can't see it in the pictures but under the tulle there is a tiny skirt that is very small. If you have wide hips make sure you size up. Overall though this dress was incredible and so flattering. I would rent it again in a heartbeat!
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