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

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Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3443
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: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 165 lbs
Canonical User Type: 7433
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: 48
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 116 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3622
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: 42
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 133 lbs
Canonical User Type: 6634
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: 22
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 95 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2322
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: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4443
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: 28
Body type: Petite
Canonical User Type: 3431
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: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5533
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: 39
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 3521
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: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Canonical User Type: 5533
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: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 4531
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: 31
Body type: Straight & narrow
Canonical User Type: 5541
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: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 6444
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: 26
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Canonical User Type: 6444
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: 38
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4544
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: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4444
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: 42
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4634
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!
Brandi
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 185 lbs
Canonical User Type: 8544
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: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Canonical User Type: 4424
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' 7"
Age: 31
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5531
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: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5433
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: 48
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 119 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3633
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: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3443
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: 43
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Canonical User Type: 6634
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
Shana
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 102
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Canonical User Type: 3623
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: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160 lbs
Canonical User Type: 7544
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: 22
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Full Bust
Canonical User Type: 8344
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: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5533
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: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
Canonical User Type: 6634
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: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5523
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!
Charmaine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 154 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4533
Sep 2, 2012
my sister happy her b-night
Size worn: 34L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Eyes turn..this dress is bad..no matter event this dress willnstand out
TRA
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3524
Aug 22, 2012
Beware! Runs Small!
Size worn: 36R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
First of all, this dress is stunning. I could hardly get around the event for being stopped by a stranger to exclaim about the gown. However, you must be warned, European designers do not "vanity size" the way American designers do. If you wear a US 2, you will need to order a US 4 (36) in this gown. I even typically wear a 0 in many designers but the 34R would not zip on me...I mean, not even budge past my ribs at no fault of the zipper. Luckily, RTR staff saved the day and rushed me a size larger. A delightful experience but a lesson learned in European sizing. I also must add that I am rather petite and with a platform heel the R length was just fine, I was not stepping all over the hem like I feared.
C
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 5444
Dec 1, 2011
Unbelievably Beautiful Dress
Size worn: 38L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is stunning. I have never felt more beautiful! I wear anywhere from a 4 to an 8 depending on the type of clothing, but according to my measurements I ordered the 38L and the 40L. I ended up wearing the 38L, and it was a perfect fit, especially with heels. I would not recommend this dress for short or small busted/shouldered women.
Brandee
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Body type: Full Bust
Canonical User Type: 3531
Nov 30, 2011
Great black tie dress!
Size worn: 36L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Wore this for a black tie wedding and received tons of compliments! Loved the fit and detail of the dress. The long length was great with heels.
Maddie
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 55
Body type: Apple
Canonical User Type: 1631
Oct 26, 2011
Overall fit: True to Size
Although this dress certainly lives up to its name, you must be very tall or at least long waisted to wear this gown. The torso portion exceeded my waist to shoulder span and I could not wear it. Gorgeous dress if you have the right proportions to wear it.
Georgia
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Body type: Pear
Canonical User Type: 4531
Oct 14, 2011
Overall fit: Large
I wish I would have ordered the second size smaller. The issue is that it is not necessarily the bust that is so big but the span from shoulder to armpit. The shoulders are these heavy pads that slip right off. There is no way to keep them on. PLUS the chain in the back. The side panels are also pleated and don't rest well at the hips.
Lill
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 57
Body type: Straight & narrow
Canonical User Type: 1641
Oct 3, 2011
Overall fit: Small
I received a four and a six; usually I wear a four. This four was too small and the six was tight but not uncomfortable-- except the bust, which was unacceptably tight and squashy. Both dresses looked a little care-worn, too--fabric was a little tired and sleeves that should have stayed up on my arms (like the photo) drooped down, leaving a gap between the shoulder pads and the bottom part of the sleeves. Made the shoulder chains stand out, which looked a little funny. Length was fine, though. Overall dress did not live up to the photo; I had to send this one back.
Nik
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Body type: Pear
Canonical User Type: 4531
Jul 5, 2011
Overall fit: True to Size
I was very disappointed with this dress. Mine did not have the chain in back and the skirt did not have any pleats. The whole thing looked messy. It was definitely a waste of money.
Shapely in PA
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 54
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 8634
Jun 12, 2011
Overall fit: Large
Much more fabulous in person. Had this as a back up dress that I ended up not wearing but will rent it again....this time to actually wear!
BuddyG
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 40
Body type: Straight & narrow
Canonical User Type: 1641
May 10, 2011
Overall fit: True to Size
Easy to wear, flattering, and super comfortable. Long length was perfect with platform heels.
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