Badgley Mischka

Make Love Not War Gown

$209 to buy
$695 retail
Stylist Notes

You might be mistaken for royalty! This deep purple gown by Badgley Mischka will make a strong and beautiful statement at that gala event.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-14.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted – dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted – full skirt allows comfortable room 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: Petite, Full Bust, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Purple crinkle chiffon (100% polyester). Sleeveless. High neckline. Open back with flutter detail. Full skirt. Hidden back zipper. Lined. Imported. See size and fit tab for lengths.

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107 reviews
Fit
Large
(6)
True to Size
(79)
Small
(9)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
March 26, 2013
Gorgeous purple gown!
Very pretty gown, color is even more luxurious in person. Super easy fit with a unique shape. Would definitely recommend for a formal event!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
April 9, 2013
backup dress; too big
I went with the 6 for this backup dress but it turned out to be too loose in the waist. If you have an hourglass figure, size down. The 4 probably would have fit much nicer. I still probably would not have been able to wear it though because the R was too long for the shoes I planned for. I am not sure if they sent me the L by mistake but no matter -- RTR delivers same day in NYC so I got lucky and placed a new order in time for my event!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
April 13, 2013
Backup Dress, I wish I had two events to go to this weekend!
This dress fit beautifully. The color was amazing,but I liked the other dress I rented much better and ended up wearing it to my event.
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
April 14, 2013
RTR was a great option and I'm glad I did it. I will definitely use this site again.
I took a size 10L in this. I chose not to wear it, as it was a bit poofy on the top and I didn't have the appropriate bras to fit with it, as you could see the back of the bras and it on the sides. Looked better on the model than it did on me.
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
April 23, 2013
Beautiful Dress!!!
I wore this dress to an American Cancer Society, black tie Gala for my husband's job. The dress was absolutely beautiful and fit perfectly. I am tall, and the 8L was the perfect length with a 3 inch gold heel. I received so many compliments on this dress. I felt like a princess. Thank you so much Rent the Runway!
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Body type: Petite
April 24, 2013
This was a perfect dress for my sorority's formal.
It fit great, but was quite long on me, even with the highest heels I could find (I'm 5'1"). Otherwise, it was comfortable, fit well, and great for a spring formal event. This was a wonderful first Rent the Runway experience!
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Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 194lbs
April 30, 2013
Perfect, Georgeous, Beautiful!!!!
I rented this dress for a formal affair. The dress fit perfectly though a little long. I am 5'7 and had to wear 5 inch heals to keep the dress off the ground. It is a beautiful dress and I recieved so many compliments.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
May 5, 2013
Worked a red carpet in this great plum purple dress! Loved it overall.
I am 5'4 115lbs and petite frame. Rented both 0R and 2R. 0R fit perfect on body. You will need help getting the neck part attached. Comfortable overall, but very long. The under part of the dress worked with 4 inch heels, but outer sheer fabric was much longer and made it a little hard to walk. I was hosting a red carpet for fortunately I did not have to move too much. Got tons of compliments! Beautiful dress! Plum purple is very pretty.
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
May 6, 2013
Great service and dresses
I ordered this as my main dress for prom but ended up wearing my backup dress because it was more comfy and fit my date's outfit better. This dress was gorgeous and I was torn between wearing it, but it was kinda tight around the neck and I hate that feeling. Also slightly tight at the bottom.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
May 15, 2013
Wore it for Prom.
This was a really pretty dress, however; ITS WAS SOO LONG! I do not recommend this dress for women under 5'5" with heels on. I was wearing 3 inch heels and it still didn't cut it. I ended up lifting the entire chiffon up and tied it around my hand in order to dance. The satin layer under the top chiffon was my height though so that was a plus. Also my boobs are a little larger that most people and those adhesive bras wouldn't work, so I used a under-wire bra that had adhesive things on the sides from target. The cut out on the side was deep so we had to pin in order to keep the bra from showing. I also attached a broach on it to make it look pretty. Also do not put your hair in a braid; it should probably be up to show the back of the dress which was the best part. Overall I really liked this dress. The fit was nice and I will be renting from here again. Although next time I will wear a petite dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
May 29, 2013
Beautiful, comfortable dress for a spring wedding!
When I buy long dresses I always have to get them hemmed, so I was nervous to rent a long dress - but trying on several long dresses in the NY showroom was a huge help! This was the definite winner. The size 4 fell perfectly to the floor with 4 inch heels. The color was beautiful and the dress is very comfortable and forgiving - I was able to enjoy all of the wonderful food at my friend's wedding and dance the night away!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 3, 2013
i loved the dress i wish i coulee taken more pics but it was lovely !! the rental was fab !!
It fit me really perfect! i fell inlove i looked like a princess. im the girl in the middle. The rental was perfect for its price. It was long since i got a 4L. I had a amazing time at my prom with it/
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
June 9, 2013
Stunning and quite comfortable.
The dress was perfect for a formal fundraising event I attended.I was pleased with the rental. The dress seemed true to size (typical vanity sizing that is). I'm a few pounds over my listed weight at the moment and I could feel it in the the lining (at the thighs), but gown itself is very forgiving of a couple extra pounds. I might have been more comfortable wearing the 4, but I didn't even try on the back up, because I was rushed. The length was a bit long with 3.5" heels, but I was able to hold the skirt to navigate stairs and while dancing. Also, I did end up wearing a regular strapless bra, which I had to pull down in the back. One of those low back, halter bras might have been better. (A bra isn't necessary under this dress for coverage, the lining and fabric are fine. But there isn't any support or lift built in.) Great dress, I recommend it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
June 13, 2013
This was my back up dress - which was good because I ordered it too big!
Pretty dress but I ordered it too big!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 150lbs
July 1, 2013
Mature and elegant
I rented this dress for a sorority formal and loved the way it fit, but the color combined with the modest fit was a little too old for my age (22). The high neck and detail on the back are very pretty but it just was not the right dress for the event.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
July 1, 2013
Was a great elegant gown, wore to an outdoor black tie charity ball.
Overall fit was great! waist was perfect size, not super tight in the bust. I am 5'10'' and wore a long, and it was just the correct length with 2 inch wedges. But if you are going to be wearing flats or no shoes at all... I would consider the regular length. Make sure you plan for the correct bra, as it is a backless dress. I got lots of compliments!
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 158lbs
July 16, 2013
Love, love, love this dress! I received SO many compliments!
This dress fit perfectly - with the exception that it was a little long - I probably needed higher heels. It was super comfortable and gorgeous. Friends were asking to borrow it (hehe)! Overall, just perfection...
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 53
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
August 10, 2013
I wasn't able to wear the dress because it was WAY too long.
I looked at the reviews, info and consulted the inline stylist before deciding on what size to order. Based on the stylist recommendation, comments and my own measuring (I measured from my shoulder to the floor and compared that to the dress details) I ordered the dress in L. I also ordered hem tape so I could adjust it if it was too long. The dress had a sheer outer layer over a lining. The lining was the perfect length with heels. The dress (sheer part) was about 5 inches too long. I could not use the tape I bought because the dress was sheer. I ordered a 10 for my backup size. That was a waste as well, because while the 8 fit, it was a little loose. I think a 6 in R length would've done the trick. The dress was in beautiful condition. So, it went back into the bag and I sent it right back for a credit.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
August 20, 2013
Pretty dress but not for me.
I did think this was a pretty dress but unfortunantely even the 8L didn't accomodate my long torso. If you have a long torso like me, I wouldn't rent this dress but otherwise, it is very pretty with a nice shade of purple and a light/airy feel.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 134lbs
October 8, 2013
I received so many compliments on this dress and I would rent it again in a heartbeat!
I'm usually between a 4 and 6 for most things but I found this dress ran a little large. The 4 fit me perfectly although, for my height, it was a little too long. It was also flattering in all the right places!
GabrielleOctober 17, 2013
Hi Cassie, I ordered this dress to wear and I was just wondering what heel height you would suggest as I am the same height as you? Thanks! You looked beautiful.
CassieOctober 17, 2013
Hi Gabrielle - my heel was 4 inches and it worked. Another inch probably would've made all the difference though. Thanks for the compliment. O
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
October 8, 2013
Beautiful dress but too long, not too large.
I couldn't wear it because I am 3 or 4 inches too short for it. I would recommend if you are 5'10" or taller.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 131lbs
October 21, 2013
GORGEOUS and super comfortable!!
The FIT WAS PERFECT and hugged in the waist but was incredibly comfortable to wear! Loose on the tummy and bust (in a good way) so I was completely comfortable to eat dinner and then dance the night away! So many compliments on the color and style!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 53
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
November 15, 2013
Love the dress. Many compliments.
I tried it on at the showroom. Fit well. Chiffon is a bit longer than the bottom layer and not tall, but was fine with 3" heels. I am quite short waisted and it worked fine for me but top was not fitted enough to not wear a bra. I imagine if more proportional, it might work. Loved the dress. Would get again in a heartbeat.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 48
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 158lbs
November 16, 2013
Beautiful rich purple color! Ended up not wearing this gown
Rented 10L, 12L; noted only minor differences in size (waparound neck band roomier in 12L, as was bust). 10L fit, but draped on floor even with 4" heels. Would have worn 12L because length was better and I could wear 3" heels
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
November 17, 2013
LOVED the dress and got tons of compliments!
The length was perfect. The top part around the neck is pretty snug, and I have a small neck.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
November 23, 2013
Sophisticated, effortless and sexy
This was my first RTR experience. I wore this dress to a black-tie fundraiser, and it was perfect. Was looking for something that was elegant and understated. Am not in ideal shape at the moment and didn't want anything too clingy. LOVED the way this looked. I'm 5' 5 and a half" barefoot, and the 6R length was perfect with 3.5-inch heels. Full disclosure: Back dips down too low to wear a traditional strapless bra. I wound up not wearing anything. Material provided full coverage. Fit wise: I'm thick-waisted and wide through the hips, and this was a bit snug in the waist, but Spanx remedied that. ... This was the seventh year I've attended this annual fundraiser, but it was the first time my husband was still commenting about how gorgeous he thought I looked a week later. Am super satisfied with the dress and the whole RTR experience.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
December 2, 2013
I did not choose to wear this dress for my event.
This dress fits well but is too long for even 5" heels. The neck cuff is really tight.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
January 23, 2014
Princess
When you walk it just flows and was so much fun to dance in. I have a very large chest and this gapped a little by the armpits. The neck dragged down a little in the front because if you are too large of a chest, it takes up more room :) I am 5'4" and wore 4 inch heels and the dress was still too long (I got the regular). It was beautiful!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
February 6, 2014
Great!
The halter neckline can pull down and feel tight in the back if you have a bigger chest, but it doesn't show. Overal, a great dress for a formal work event.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
February 20, 2014
I loved this dress! Unfortunately, it was too tight around my ribcage and chest!
I loved this dress! Unfortunately, it was too tight around my ribcage and chest!
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
March 7, 2014
Great dress, very comfortable. You will need a backless bra.
Fits true to size and is very flattering. I'm curvy and it did a great job of hiding my least favorite parts of my body. The color was awesome too.
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Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
March 21, 2014
The dress was perfect and the process with RTR was easy.
I was really surprised this dress fit true to size given the designer. I loved how light and airy it was. It worked really well for the event and I got lots of compliments.
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 9, 2014
Great friends, food, dress & drinks :)
This dress was beautiful and made me feel like a princess. I am pretty tall (5'8") and ordered 6L and 8L and both were very long. I wore small heels but the dress was still slightly long. The 6 fit perfectly aside from length but I loved the dress. So many compliments! I would just recommend that unless you're 5'10" and up, you probably won't need the long fit!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
April 13, 2014
This dress made me feel beautiful, special, sexy, classy, and glamorous. Loved it!
This dress fit me perfectly. It hugged at the waist precisely how it should and flowed over my hips and legs just right. I wore about 4 inch heels and I really wouldn't have been able to walk in the dress without shoes that high. The dress is definitely long and the chiffon material falls farther than the underlining. I had no real problems with the length though because I had shoes that went well with the make and length of the dress. I will definitely rent from this website again. It was so worth it!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 14, 2014
Gorgeous dress!!
True to size; a little long; color looks different in pictures depending on lighting;
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 36
April 19, 2014
I didn't feel great but wore it anyway
Fitted but u felt frumpy in it
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
April 25, 2014
Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, but GLAM!
I would never have picked out this dress, but the back up dress I originally ordered was damaged, so this was sent as a replacement. Boy I am glad that happened! I think this is a really classic dress. It's not overly sexy; it's timelessly feminine. This is a long dress - I am nearly 5'9 and with 4 inch heels it was just the right length. If you are on the shorter side, I would err on ordering a regular. The fit is great and forgiving for those of us with hips. I didn't feel the need for a bra, but I think if you prefer support, this might not be the dress for you. The back has a beautiful flowing back feature, which worked for me as I have some scarring on my back and this helped mask it. I paired this dress with bronze accessories, but you could easily pair with silver or gold bags, shoes and jewelry. My only complaint is that the neck chaffed my skin a bit, but it was bearable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 141lbs
April 29, 2014
It was the perfect dress!
So yeah, I'm 5'5 and it was the perfect length with 5 inches heels!. Gorgeous gown..was not my first choice this was personally picked by the stylist. The original dress I picked was damaged by previous renter so they upgraded me and sent me 3 dresses! AMAZING! Overall, I'm glad that I wore this dress rather the original one which looks awful for my skin tone..lol Thank You RTR! YOU GALS ARE THE BEST!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
May 12, 2014
I wore this gown to a ball and it was perfect! I got lots of compliments! Would highly recommend it!
If you are in between sizes like me, I would opt down a size for this one. I ordered it in 4R and 6R and wore the 4. I only wore 3 inch heels, I would've probably needed a long if they were any higher.
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Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 47
Bust size: 32C
Weight: 130lbs
May 14, 2014
Beautiful color, lovely dress...just not as amazing as the"back-up" dress!
Ended up only trying-on this dress, since my back-up dress turned out to be AMAZING. The purple color of this dress is beautiful, and would have been great for the university gala I attended; however, the style was far less flattering on me than the back-up dress I chose. The fit was true to size for me. Low back and neckline style would have required a special bra or stick-on support. Length would have been about right with 2" heels. As other reviewers have commented, sheer outer layer of the skirt is quite a bit longer than the lining, which was a little awkward.
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