Carlos Miele

Knock Em Dead Gown

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$2750 Retail

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Stylist Notes

This stunning Carlos Miele gown is a not to be missed black tie statement piece. Add delicate accessories for an elegant evening look.

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Works best for C cup sizes and bigger - bust runs slightly large; straps run long so consider wearing with fashion tape to secure
WAIST: Fitted - fitted below bust and through midsection; dress cinches in waist
HIPS: Not fitted - draping conceals lower abdomen
LENGTH: Floor length - available in 2 lengths (Regular, Long): Regular is for heights 5'6" and below. Long is for heights above 5'6." Regular measures 58" from the top of shoulder to hem. Long measures 60" from the top of shoulder to hem.

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn without a bra; consider securing with fashion tape; dress has built-in padding in bust
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types

Size & Fit Notes

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

BUST: Works best for C cup sizes and bigger - bust runs slightly large; straps run long so consider wearing with fashion tape to secure
WAIST: Fitted - fitted below bust and through midsection; dress cinches in waist
HIPS: Not fitted - draping conceals lower abdomen
LENGTH: Floor length - available in 2 lengths (Regular, Long): Regular is for heights 5'6" and below. Long is for heights above 5'6." Regular measures 58" from the top of shoulder to hem. Long measures 60" from the top of shoulder to hem.

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn without a bra; consider securing with fashion tape; dress has built-in padding in bust
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, 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 chiffon. V neckline. Cap sleeve with pleating and chain detail. Silver chain trim on bodice and back. Accordion pleated skirt. Hidden back zip. See Size and Fit tab for length.

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Fit
Small 17
True to Size 35
Large 7
Photos 30
Amanda
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Mar 3, 2015

Amazing quality, true to size. Elegant and beautiful.

Size worn: 34
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The zipper kept sticking, but it fit beautifully once I got into it. I am 34D, so I was a little too big for the low neckline, so put a piece of fabric there, which looked perfect. It was comfortable and I was complimented all night.
Laura
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Feb 22, 2015

Great details, love the chains

Size worn: 38R
Rented for: Party
Fit great, wonderful fabric. Beautiful dress with great details.
Vivian
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Dec 25, 2014

Couldn't have felt more beautiful.

Size worn: 42R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
LOVED this dress. It was classy yet rock and roll with the chain detail which is right up my alley. I received the 42R and the 40L and while I wish there was a size in between I ended up wearing the 42R which fit very comfortably. I'm 5'4" and about 145lb with an hourglass/athletic build. I wore this dress with a shorter heel than normal for comfort, about 3", and the dress fell perfectly. Not too long and not too short. I wanted to rent a designer dress as I know they are just cut better than a cheaper "pretty" dress and I can definitely say I am sold on RentTheRunway.
Jennifer V
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160 lbs
Sep 21, 2014

A night of smooth jazz is THIS beautiful dress!!

Size worn: 44R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was absolutely beautiful for an evening at a smooth jazz formal. It arrive on the day expected as well as the alternate/back up dress. I rented the lovely earrings and fashion-statement bracelet to complete the look.; all from Rent The Runway! I received great compliments all night long. This dress is true to size, but I would recommend wardrobe tape on the top. It is very forgiving in my problem area (mid section) and very flattering to my "girls" (top section). The wardrobe tape will help the shoulder pads remain in place and avoid an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. The dress worn in the photo is a size 10 (or 44R) and the detailed chain was not on this dress upon arrival; however, it was on the back up dress (size 12/46R). I still wore the size 10 because after putting on the dress and loving the fit, the detailed chain piece on the shoulder quickly became an after thought. I was able to move and dance easily in this dress too; the fabric is really nice. Great GREAT dress!!
Katie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 23, 2014

Perfect for a Gatsby themed affair,

Size worn: 40
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fit was perfect! Received lots of compliments! Would rent again!
kristen
Age: 26
May 28, 2014

Just enough sass to turn heads!

Size worn: 40L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is amaze! You will feel like a total rockstar and your friends (and others) will treat you like one! The dress fits like a glove, but needed some help to stay in place. I used double sided tape in the v-neck front and for the shoulders, as the shoulder pads are heavy. Overall, I loved renting this dress for my Gatsby-esque bash--get ready for compliments galore!
Benish
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170 lbs
May 18, 2014

Fit the Vintage look!

Size worn: 46R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I love the silhouette of the dress. Very comfortable. Definitely got lots of compliments. It is revealing up front I used a lace bandeau bra. Only downside is the sleeves. I noticed one shoulder had longer chain than the other plus the sleeves keep slipping. I used double stick tape from VS and actually got a burn from the tape and dress.
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Apr 14, 2014

Backup Dress was a Flop

Size worn: 38L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I ordered this as a backup dress and it came riddled with problems. Firstly, I ordered a 38L (I'm 5'9" flat footed) and it was about 1 - 2" too short in bare feet. If I would have worn flip-flops with the dress you could have seen them. Secondly, one of the cap sleeves was the missing the decorative chain that was supposed to adorn it. Thirdly, the cap sleeves were so heavy and probably stretched out from numerous wears that any time I moved both cap sleeves would fall down my arm. I'm not sure if fashion tape would even have helped. I tried on the dress with a normal black bra and you could just see it peaking out in the back. You'd probably need to go braless or wear a low-back bra if needed. Other than the aforementioned problems, the dress fit in the bust and through the body. All this being said, RTR customer service helped me rectify the issues and the emergency dress that they overnighted me worked out great.
Kehkeshan
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 165 lbs
Apr 10, 2014

I felt so elegant in this dress!

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
It fits great because the material and cut of this dress hide everything I would want it to but beware of the plunge because that was difficult to manage all night but with a few safety pins in the right places, totally doable!
Kim
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 116 lbs
Sep 7, 2013

The most stunning dress ever!

Size worn: 38R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
Pictures do not due this dress justice!! It is absolutely beautiful!! I ordered the equivalent of a size 4 and could barely get it zipped! Runs super small! Also shoulder pads weigh a ton and kept falling down, so you MUST have double sided tape! That being said, this dress is truly a knockout!! Everyone kept stopping me to tell me how gorgeous it was!! Worth every penny!!!
Susan
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 133 lbs
Apr 24, 2013

my husband was producing the daytime emmys - it was a special night for all of us.

Size worn: 38R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
the bust runs small
Ariel
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100 lbs
Apr 18, 2013

Perfection!!!

Size worn: 34R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was amazing! Everyone thought it was beautiful! I wore four inch heels and the length was perfect. I normally wear a 0, but i got a 2 since it was the smallest size offered which worked out well because it was tight around the chest and rib area. I did have to use fashion tape to keep up the shoulders. I just absolutely swooned over the dress!
Lori Beth
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125 lbs
Dec 23, 2012

Dancing at the Davenport lounge at the New Orleans Ritz in the dress was fabulous!

Size worn: 36L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
It ran just slightly small. I'm a true size 4 and it zipped up and fit but it was cutting it close! Still dramatic and gorgeous and so many compliments!
C. Ennis
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Body type: Petite
Nov 2, 2011

Knock-Out Dress

Size worn: 36R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was stunning at a black-tie wedding. It was sent on time and ready to wear. It definitely lived up to its name. You will receive many compliments when wearing this dress. Thanks M.M. for findng it.
Kristin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Oct 30, 2012

Beautiful and fun

Size worn: 40
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I loved renting this dress for a halloween party. It fit exactly as expected. Was very flattering and actually comfortable. I am 5'6" and I got the regular because there was not a long available. The long would have been better since I wore heels, but I don't think it was super obvious that it was a bit too short. My only regret was not taking more pics because is one really doesn't show the beauty of the dress.
Angela
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Body type: Hourglass
Sep 18, 2012

how amazing my model looked in this dress!

Size worn: 38L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
The dress runs very small. My model is typically a size 0-2 and I had to go up several sizes for fit. Otherwise this dress is GORGEOUS!
AnneFitz
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Aug 9, 2012

Formal Wedding

Size worn: 38L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this to a black tie wedding and received compliments all night long! The dress is comfortable and the material is very nice. I wore petals and no bra and it worked great.
Carolyn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Jul 12, 2011

Customer service was great, items sent on time and in great condition.

Size worn: 36R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this to a black-tie wedding. Everyone loved it, even the bride. It wasn't too over the top, needed little jewelry, fit was amazing.
Kidders
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Body type: Straight & narrow
Jun 8, 2011

Got tons of compliments

Size worn: 42L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Love this dress! Received hundreds of compliments and was even told by a reporter that I was the best dressed (impossible, but I'll take it) I'd order one size bigger than normal. Also the chain is awesome..the pics don't do it justice. And I loved the long length..it let me wear heels and it still graces the floor. Being 5'9" I hate when dresses end up being too short when I wear heels.
Grace
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 25, 2012

I was able to wear a dress that made me feel beautiful without having to pay the full price!

Size worn: 42R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this dress last year to my law school's Barristers' Ball! It was a 1920's theme, and I received tons of compliments on it! It's perfect if you want to stand out. I definitely recommend this dress. Fit great and felt great.
Courtney
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Jan 14, 2012

...."Hold on, I'm still stuck on "wow.'"

Size worn: 40L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved this dress, it took my breath away when i took it out of the bag. I'm fairly larger in the bust, so it was quite difficult to move freely without having a "Super Bowl" incident. I strongly suggest fashion tape. I attended an awards show with some of my music clients and didn't have time to shop for a dress. I was nervous as normally it's the kind of event that you need the perfect dress. RTR is an incredible business model!
Angela
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Dec 5, 2011

the staff was very helpful in choosing accessories, making sure I had a back up dress ready.

Size worn: 38L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this dress to a charity ball and it was absolutely stunning! I am almost 5'8" and the long size fit perfectly. I wore my highest heels and the dress reached just to the floor. The fabric was so slinky and flowy, it was just perfect! I got so many compliments on this dress all through the night. I am a d-cup and did not even need any kind of bra or stick on bra. It was just perfect! The only problem for me was that the chain detail came loose from one of the sleeves but it was an easy fix that I was able to do myself so I would advise to check that before you go out in this dress. It was sexy and elegant all at the same time!
Carla
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Dec 2, 2011

I originally ordered a 4 and 6 in a different dress, but they ended up not having the 4. Due to this lack of inventory, I was able to chose any dress in my size, regardless of price for my event if it was available. I really lucked out! I got this dress for a rental fee of only $100! This is the first time I've used RTR, even though I've looked at it for 1.75 years now! It was a great experience and they handled everything so well. I will certainly use RTR for many events to come.

Size worn: 38L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was amazing. I normally wear a 4 and I ordered a 38L (I'm 5'10") and it was perfect. I wore a backless, strapless, plunge bra from Victoria Secret that worked really well with the dress. I also had to use some double sided tape to keep the shoulders up. They are very heavy so they want to fall down. I have always been an athlete and have larger legs/butt than the average size. The dress was not too tight nor did it pull. The waist synching in certainly makes this dress flattering. I had a million compliments all night and everyone wanted to know where I got it. I had to tell all my fellow Marine wives about RTR. The only cons... Like someone commented before, the dress mailed to me did know have the creases in the skirt and it was missing the chain detail on the back. Regardless, it still looked great.
Michelle
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122 lbs
Jul 25, 2011

This dress is drop-dead gorgeous!

Size worn: 40R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Got this dress as a replacement for a lost order and I really did love it! I have a large bust, so this dress fit nicely, but I see how it could be a problem with smaller breasts. I felt gorgeous in this dress. Definitely a show-stopper!
Katie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Mar 1, 2015

THis dress was very flattering!

Size worn: 42R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I did tape the top to secure though!
Belqui
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Jan 31, 2015

Beautiful dress, but that's it

Size worn: 34R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was beautiful. I rented 2 different dresses just to make sure because they didn't have my actual size in this dress and I was worried the backup may not fit well. The back up was the one that fit perfect, except the shoulders kept falling off while I was just trying it on. This dress was my top pick for a gala I was attending, so I was disappointed. I went with my second choice which was also a great choice. I would be weary about renting this one if I were you.
Brandi
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 185 lbs
Apr 13, 2014

Stunning dress! Received compliments all night!

Size worn: 46L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fit great except for in the bust. Had to pin the straps back to add support.
Katie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Mar 4, 2014

Not for the busty!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is an aboslutely stunning gown. Unfortunately, it does not fit busty girls! The detailing is gorgeous, but stay away if you're a D cup!
Ola
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Mar 3, 2014

I wanted to love it...

Size worn: 40
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
My first BIG problem wight he dress was that the pleads you see on the bottom half were ironed out and it took "the edge" factor out. Second of all the dress runs small in my opinion, I didn't end up wearing it as there was no way to zip it, i would suggest two sizes up. I wanted to love it, I did love it until I got it, it kind of went downhill from there :(
claudine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 3, 2014

I was one of three women who actually dressed in theme for this party!

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The chain trim on one of the sleeves of the 42 was disconnected, so I ended up wearing the 44 instead of the 42. I am normally a US 6, so the 44 was large on me. I had to tape the sleeves so the dress wouldn't slide off! It still looked great though. I accessorized with a black collar to make it fit the "Game of Thrones" theme for the evening.
Beth
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 119 lbs
Feb 21, 2014

N/A

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This is a gorgeous dress, but it is not great for c-d cup given the neckline.
SNYC
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 15, 2014

beautiful dress, received many compliments

Size worn: 38L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
im 5'9, wore ~3 inch heels and the long length was perfect
Renee
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 44
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Dec 11, 2013

Formal affair

Size worn: 42R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
Did not wear this dress. Top was too loose...and I am a 32E
Callie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 153 lbs
Oct 22, 2013

Not a good fit for my short torso

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I have a short torso and long legs. Because of the shoulder detail, it is important that this dress fit just right on the top. Would have loved to have worn this but it just didn't work out.
Shana
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 103
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Jul 27, 2013

Sexy, a bit punk rock, but runs small. Get a size larger!

Size worn: 36R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I splurged on this dress for a party and didn't even wear it! :( It is incredibly sexy (like an elegant dominatrix) with metal chain details. I loved the different fabric textures and this dress if very well made and it made my straight, boyish figure feel like a woman with a sexy hour-glass figure. However, this dress *Runs Small*! I needed help to get the zipper up and I'm pretty tiny and skinny (jean size 25). Because it's so small, it made my tiny itty bitties (32B) look plump and full because the ladies were pushed up and in (and adding little cutlets made them look luscious!). I didn't go with this dress because I felt like one full breath and I'd rip the dress open, and I needed a dress to shake and shimmy in. I felt too constricted and it was too punk rock, sexy for a 1920's glam hollywood party. Get a size larger and I hope you'll have better luck than I do with it. But your honey will sure love you in this dress. ; )
Eroica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160 lbs
Apr 26, 2013

Ill fitting

Size worn: 44L
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I ordered three dresses for my event but was most excited about this one. When I put it on, it was just ill fitting and the very cool chains on the arms were different lengths and just looked strange. I am just with a little tailoring I could have made it work, but it needed some work. The satin around the waste which looks like a belt actually wasn't even straight, so that looked funny also. Would not rent this one again unless I could get it tailored first.
Nicole
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 23
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Full Bust
Apr 16, 2013

Beautiful Dress but some minor problems

Size worn: 42L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The chain part on the sleeve was broken off and the dress was too short for me. I could not wear heels with this dress and I am big on wearing 4 or higher inch heels. I couldn't wear flats to this affiar. Otherwise the dress was beautiful! I am also super chest heavy (38DD) and the dress fit my chest which was a surprise!!
Shannon
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Dec 26, 2012

I really loved this dress but I couldn't fit into it, very sad!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
The dress was too tiny for my curves, but absolutely gorgeous!
Varucca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138 lbs
Dec 19, 2012

Great Detail - Strange Fit

Size worn: 42R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress would have been absolutely beautiful - if it fit. According to my measurements and a conversation with a stylist (Bust 38, Waist 30, Hip 39), I should have fit into size 40L. I picked size 42R as a back-up. When I tried on the 42, it was waaayyy to small throughout the torso - once i got it zipped (barely) the shoulders were too big and kept falling down exposing my breasts. Talk about wardrobe malfunction! In addition, according to my height (5'7"), I should have worn the Long, but I found the Regular length was perfect with 4" heels. I was tripping over the Long even with heels. Unfortunately this dress was unwearable for me. :( It might have fit if I went one more size up, but I think this style just wont work for larger busted women. The quality and detail of the dress is gorgeous.
carrie
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Nov 27, 2012

TOO SMALL

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I usually wear a 6 and this dress I got a 6 and and 8 could NOT zip either! Too bad, it looked like a cool dress. What really stinks is I ended up having to pay for it bc my $25 back up dress fit perfect so the order was considered a "success". Expensive "success" for something that I didnt even wear!
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