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Black Sea Gown

$80 rental
$935 retail

Price varies based on availability. Select your date to see price.

Stylist Notes

Stun the crowd in this long sleeve gown by Badgley Mischka. Sleek black is a surefire complement to any body type! Go for a bold look in accessories like Anton Heunis’ Colorblocked Crystal Necklace and Cara Accessories’ Gold Dress Me Up Bracelet.

Size & Fit

Sized: 16W - 22W. 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'').

This dress runs small. We recommend sizing up from your normal size.

Size & Fit Notes

Sized: 16W - 22W. 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'').

This dress runs small. We recommend sizing up from your normal size.

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Length Chart

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

Product Details

Black Matte Jersey (100% Viscose). Long sleeves. Boat neckline. A- line skirt with side ruching and front slit. Hidden back zipper. Lined (100% polyester). Imported. See size and fit tab for lengths.

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36 reviews
Fit
Large0
True to Size19
Small7
Size worn:
20WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 220lbs
January 11, 2016
Loved the idea of the dress and ended up being very nice overall but I could of used a size up
Loved the idea of the dress and ended up being very nice overall but I could of used a size up (my fault I didn't ask for 2 sizes) it was very short. I'm 5'4 and wear a size 18 and I should have asked for the 22W.
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Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 22
December 31, 2015
I paired the dress with layered pearls and white heels and a curled side pony. It was gorgeous!
I loved this dress! Normally I wear an 18 but I had to wear the 20 because of my arm flap. I definitely preferred the 18 because it was more body con and the slit was the perfect height on me it was just a touch scandalous and how I liked it. The 20 wasn't as forming and the slit was lower because my waist didn't take as much fabric. Either way they both had issues for me but that didn't effect my night. I had many compliments and it was easy to dance in. Also, I'm a 40 DDD so if you're busty you will have no problems with this dress!
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 30
December 8, 2015
Everyone loved this dress... I received several compliments!!!
I would most certainly recommend this dress! I had just had a baby two months prior to wearing this dress, so the gathering to the side was perfect. I weighed 180lbs and I'm 5'4 and it was a perfect fit. I would say however, unlike several of the other posts, I did not feel like it ran short. If it was available, I would have choose to get the 16P.
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 39
October 26, 2015
Perfect for the masquerade ball I attended.
I ordered the 16W and the 18W and went with the 18W just because it felt a little more comfortable. It fit me perfect in sleeve and dress length although for anyone taller it may be a little short in desired length.
Size worn:
22WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 22
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 46
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 270lbs
October 26, 2015
The dress was eloquent!!!
The dress fit amazing. I felt it was true to size. I am 5'7" and the length was perfect. I would definitely rent this dress again for a special occasion. I really like the designer. I did not need to wear spanxs or a special bra. So I was very comfortable.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
22WR
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 29
October 6, 2015
Everyone kept telling me I look like hollywood
It was a little long for me but I wore flats to dance in. Other than that, I got compliments all night long!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 210lbs
September 20, 2015
Form fitting and flattering!
Runs small, but incredibly comfortable. Sleek look fitted to the body, but be sure you're comfortable with the height of the slit. I got many compliments!
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 27
July 30, 2015
Great food, great music, great dress!
So flattering and was a huge hit at the black tie event that I attended! I didn't even need to wear spanx underneath this thing, I felt so comfortable with its figure-flattering-ness. It was still a little bit short on me to wear heels, but because of the slit in the leg I did it anyway, haha. Definitely would recommend.
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Size worn:
18WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
May 27, 2015
So flattering and sexy
This dress was SO flattering. It highlights all your curves (especially if you have love handles or if you have a muffin top). It was totally comfortable I was dancing all night. RTR has the BEST customer service I have ever received. I rented for the wrong weekend and they were so helpful and got me two dresses the next day! Amazing experience!
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Size worn:
22WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 20
May 18, 2015
My order came on the day it said it would which was two days before and the complementary lotion.
First, I ordered a 20 and get my second size as a 22 because reviews said it ran small. When I got my order, they sent me a size 2 instead of a 20, but I was super lucky that the 22 fit perfectly, but that's what kept it from being a 5 star review. Now the dress was more than I expected! I was very happy with how it looked on me. It did seem a bit tight in the stomach area but the color and design made it less noticeable and made me feel comfortable. The fabric isn't as heavy as the reviews I read made it seem and the fabric itself is actually pretty nice and feels nice when you're wearing it. I wore this dress to my Sorority's formal so I sat, took photos, walked around and danced in this dress with no problem really. It is a long dress so I expected there to be a small little mishaps like usual but it wasn't something significant. Overall, I had a good experience renting a dress and wearing thing dress. The service was good and the dress looked classy and beautiful while receiving some positive comments from people!
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Size worn:
16WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 20, 2015
This dress is everything I hoped for and more! Exceeded my expectations!
I had measured myself before ordering, and I picked the size that had my measurements and it fit perfect! Like the dress was made for me! The draping around the dress makes it so much more elegant and covers up the lower stomach area, which happens to be my problem area. The dress was about a half and inch short with my heels on (I am 5"2 and my heels were "4) but it didn't bother me because it was barley noticeable and it was easier to walk in that way. I received so many compliments and I would recommend this dress to everyone! It's very classy and slimming!
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
April 8, 2015
I rented this dress for my law school Barrister's Ball (law school prom). The theme was Roaring 20s.
The dress was nice and fit well from the waist up, however the dress was extremely short. I'm not sure if the one that I got was defective but I ended up having to go with another outfit. I did explain the situation with my dress to RTR and they were very gracious and refunded my rental via RTR credit, which I will be using for the next Barrister's ball.
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 45
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 200lbs
April 3, 2015
We attended a formal auction for our school.
The fit was great except that the zipper puckered. Maybe it wouldn't have puckered if I'd worn one size up. Otherwise the fit was great.
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 52
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 210lbs
March 29, 2015
Loved the dress. Very classy yet sexy. I felt great in it. I'm now a believer in Rent the Runway.
Fit ran small but quality of material was excellent. Had built in mesh slip which smoothed everything out. No need for Spanks!
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Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
March 25, 2015
I felt gorgeous in this gown!
Very form fitting which is so out of my norm but I felt so glamorous and beautiful.
Size worn:
16WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 35
March 23, 2015
It fits snug i usually wear an 18 but the 16 was on point the 20 was way to big
The 18 fit just right a 20 will be to big because this dress has a flap in the front. I usually wear a 18 but I was able to wear a 16 because the material was like a heavy spandex which is what I like and it was long enough that spilt is what really made that dress
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Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 22
Body type: Pear
March 17, 2015
Very Slimming
This dress fit true to size. It was very forgiving and did look great on me. Will I rent it again? Probably not. The fabric was a little heavy, it wasn't as long as I hoped and there is too much fabric. This was the first time I've tried Rent the Runway and while the dress wasn't perfect the service itself was amazing! I will be renting other dresses from this site.
Size worn:
16WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 213lbs
March 3, 2015
This dress was EVERYTHING I loved the way it fit and I also loved the fact that they sent both sizes
I wore the 16wl which fit better than the 18 the dress is made from good quality material and they also make sure that it arrived on the date you requested it the only bad thing I have to say about the dress was it was very hard to put on alone meaning it was hard to zip other than that I have no complaints. The dress demands attention and that's exactly what I was going for. I love the fact that they gave you gum and hand lotion for the event it was like they thought of everything I am very pleased with my decision and will defiantly use this company again Thanks again I loved the dress
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Body type: Hourglass
February 27, 2015
Beautiful dress but is very unflattering
I ordered two different sizes and the dresses were similar but styled differently. When ordering this dress I would highly advise ordering 1-2 sizes up from what you normally wear because this dress runs small. It's a beautiful dress but unfortunately wasn't one of my favorite rentals
Size worn:
20WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Body type: Full Bust
February 18, 2015
The Perfect Dress!
Perfect fit but a little short. I added 4 inch heels and the dress did not reach the floor.
Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 220lbs
December 18, 2014
Great fit!
Great dress for my company Christmas party. Would rent again
Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 23
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 220lbs
October 20, 2014
The dress was very nice but it was very short.
If you are tall DO NOT GET THIS DRESS! I am 5'11 and this dress was at my shins! The slit is also much higher then pictured on the model. If you are a little shorter, this is a beautiful gown for any formal affair.
Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
September 21, 2014
I got so many compliments on this dress! Fit perfectly!
The material stretches so you do have room. I ordered my normal size 16 and one size up 18 long. I would've taken the regular because I am only 5'5 but with my heels(3inches) everything worked amazing!!!
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Size worn:
22WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
June 5, 2014
Didn't Wear It
I ordered a long but received a regular. Not really happy. The top was beautiful but the dress was unflatteringly short.
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Full Bust
May 28, 2014
This dress made me feel great, looked good and I got so many compliments!
The fit hugged all the right places and hides the right places!
Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Hourglass
May 20, 2014
Looked good...
I thought slightly short but not by much. Overall very happy.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 215lbs
May 16, 2014
Bizarre fit
I normally wear a solid 16 and the fit ran pretty true to size. For the drawbacks...I'm 5'4" and the dress stopped above my ankles, too short. I never have an issue with a dress running short. I liked the fabric, but I'm not sure if in the cleaning process something happened but the seams are all off and the slit and slip don't line up anymore. It made it look super cheap. Additionally the draping is not necessarily unflattering, it's just gathered in places that make the dress really hard to zip up. There's no way I could have done it without help. Thank goodness I had the backup!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 190lbs
April 29, 2014
Stunning!
This dress is stunning. And heavy. Good fabric. I mean GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD fabric. You can put this dress on and tell that it costs nearly a grand. It covers you up but is still quite sexy. I do wish the slit was higher. The heavy fabric and the draping provide great belly camouflage. I got tons of compliments and comments like "very 1930s" and "Old Hollywood glamour". As for fit, the 16WL fit great but was a teensy bit short. I am 5'5" and wore 3 1/2 heels and it barely made it to my ankles. At the time, I was 190 lbs, 38D bra size, 14 jeans size and I have broad shoulders. Underneath, I wore a regular bra and a Miraclesuit brief (stronger than Spanx and seamed). Warning: with the invisible zipper which somehow changes directions onto a different piece of fabric, and all the draping, you will probably need a helper to get into this. A little beeswax on the stubborn zipper helps too.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
22WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 45
Body type: Hourglass
April 12, 2014
Beautiful, well-constructed dress.
Loved how the draping around hips and belly camouflaged figure problems. It runs true to size and has a little stretch to it, but I ordered a size up from my usual because I am tall and there wasn't a tall version in my size. The extra fabric gave me a little more length, but the arms and neckline were a little large because of the size up. The garment feels lovely on and is flattering. It is well constructed and lined throughout which makes it a little hot with the long sleeves and lining in a party atmosphere.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 186lbs
April 7, 2014
This was a black tie fundraising gala that I was attending for work.
I thought this was going to be the dress I would wear, but I HATED it. I can't quite describe the extra fabric that was draped around my hips and bum, but it just hung there and looked ridiculous and added nothing but bulk. I also did not like the feel of the fabric of the dress. It looked horrible on my hourglass/pear shape.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 44
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190lbs
March 8, 2014
Glad my 1st choice worked
This gown didn't look good on me at all. It was my backup and I'm grateful I didn't have to wear it. Both sizes were too small and the ruching (which I guess is supposed to hide flaws) actually made me look larger. Definitely a no go for me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Apple
February 25, 2014
.
I am 5'8" and I got the long and it was too short. I didn't end up wearing it because it also added an extra layer of fabric around the middle which made me feel bigger and I think it made my shoulders look very broad. Not my favorite look.
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Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 225lbs
February 3, 2014
The dress was true to size and very comfortable - i felt beautiful and in it!
I am 6' tall so it was a bit shorter than I prefer but it still looked great even with a 3" heel. The only con that I had was that someone else had the exact dress on at the event :(. I wish there was a drop down box where we could select what event we are attending - especially in a smaller market like Omaha. Also, not sure if it was the dry cleaning but there was a distinct smell to the dress - not bad or good - just distinct.
PattyAugust 6, 2014
I rented this dress. I am 5'6" and a 16w to 18w and this dress was so tight. I rented the 20w and felt horrible so I returned it and haven't rented anything since!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
December 18, 2013
Had such high hopes for this dress….
First, the original size I ordered for this dress (16L) was damaged beyond repair (not RTR's fault, just the previous customers fault - seriously, what were you doing in a rented dress that you damaged it beyond repair anyway???). RTR sent me a separate dress (but of a completely different look/style - not what I needed) in my original size and then sent me this dress in my back up size (18). I don't know if it was because the dress was too big or if the dress just wasn't made for my body, but it really did nothing to flatter me. It did nothing to accentuate my waist and the draping that was supposed to hid problem areas in the front was too low to hid anything. Once again, this could have been because it was a size too large. I ended up wearing the dress out of desperation of being away from home (dress was delivered to my hotel), having a mandatory formal work event, and no other choice. I had such high hopes for this dress and the dress just didn't live up to them.
Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 40
Body type: Hourglass
December 17, 2013
Phenomenal Fit!
I took the advice and upsized the dress. Great idea!! I felt wonderful and looked good too!! Simple elegance at its best!
DanielleJanuary 6, 2014
Was this too tight to wear spanx over? Could you see the seems?
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Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 250lbs
December 9, 2013
Great fit!
I thought this dress was fantastic. It hugged in all the right places, and I received tons of compliments!
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