Carmen Marc Valvo

Black Couture Ruffle Gown

$80 rental
$745 retail

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Stylist Notes

Channel Grace Kelly glam in this one shoulder ruffle gown by Carmen Marc Valvo. Classic and elegant, this style will make you feel like royalty! Simply add kate spade new york accessories’ Crystal Chapel Cluster Necklace, Cara Accessories’ Gold Dress Me Up Bracelet and Whiting and Davis’ Gold Mesh Glam Clutch.

Also available in red.

Also available in sizes 0 - 14.

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'').

Product Details

Black crepe (100% polyester ). Sleeveless. One shoulder neckline with ruffle detail. A-line skirt. Hidden side zipper with hook and eye closure. Lined. Imported. See size and fit tab for lengths.

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53 reviews
Fit
Large
(5)
True to Size
(30)
Small
(9)
Size worn:
20WL
Rented for:
Wedding
December 1, 2014
The dress's luxurious fabric held up to a whole night of dancing without any awkward bumps and lumps
This dress wasn't my first choice, but it seemed elegant enough for a black tie wedding (it definitely was.) The mermaid cut really emphasizes the right curves. My problem is my tummy area, though, and since the dress doesn't flare away from the midsection, I felt it was hard to conceal that. The black color, the slip underneath , and the heavy, quality fabric definitely helps. This was a long, but it was WAY short on me, even barefoot. I'm 5'9, and was hopeful that it came in a long version, but it was about 7 inches off the floor with heels on. The ruffle doesn't stay fluffed like it does on the model, but the dress is very elegant and "va va voom," especially for the price! Came in great condition, looked brand spanking new. Loved the RTR experience overall and will definitely rent again!
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Size worn:
18WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 29
February 16, 2016
Loved this dress and received so many compliments. I will definitely be using RTR again.
While I'm only 5'3, I ordered the long in both the 18 and 20 because of reviews. When I pulled the 18 out, I thought it was going to be too small so I tried on the 20. I was sent the 20R and it the front of the dress hit my ankles. Surprisingly, the 18L fit perfect and was the perfect length for my heels.
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Size worn:
18WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Age: 35
November 7, 2015
The dress was perfect! Fit great and felt great!
Very flattering!
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Size worn:
18WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 35
May 15, 2015
Stunning dress
Beautiful and very comfortable gown. The long size was still a little short on me, but that's ok because I had gorgeous shoes to show off. It was very easy to move and dance in. This was my first RTR experience and I will be back, I felt like a movie star.
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Size worn:
20WL
Rented for:
Wedding
January 2, 2016
The dress is A-MAZ-ING
The material is fabulous. It is comfortable and not binding at all. I'm 5'6" and the long was a still a tiny bit too short. You could see the entire top of my shoes. I'm also pear shaped and it did a fabulous job of hiding my tummy. There is not a single thing wrong with the dress. I would wear it all day, everywhere if I could. Grocery store, mall, CVS. You name it. It's that amazing.
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Size worn:
18WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Body type: Full Bust
February 19, 2016
Tons of compliments from strangers!
I wore this dress to and industry awards gala. I felt beautiful and received so many compliments with many from complete strangers. In terms of size the body fit true to size, the chest area was a little big so I used Hollywood Strips to tape the dress in place and the length was short. I had to purchase low wedges to make the regular length work, and I am only 5'5! Otherwise the dress was extremely comfortable and had beautiful, forgiving fabric!
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Body type: Full Bust
December 24, 2014
Unfortunately didn't wear it
Ran pretty large. Was too big and didn't end up wearing.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
20WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 45
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 250lbs
December 17, 2015
A classic! Easy to wear
Wore to a formal party and loved it. Glad I had the long size - wore kitten heels bad the length was just right. I think it would have been too short with regular heels.
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 39
Body type: Full Bust
September 23, 2016
No spanx needed. It fit well and did not show panty lines. It was very flattering!
Fit great and design. I received tons of compliments at the wedding.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 39
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 180lbs
February 17, 2014
Classy and comfortable
The great RTR staff sent this to me after my original dress was lost by the shipper. It was a really simple but classy and was really comfortable to wear. I received a ton of compliments on the dress! It ran bigger than expected but with the hem tape and a little pinning I made it work. I am short (5'1") and I was surprised at the shortness of the length. It worked well for me but tall ladies should definitely go with the longer length.
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Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 186lbs
April 7, 2014
Fundraising event for client
Beautiful fabric. Nice weight. Very comfortable. A little large in the bust and I have 38DDD. I had to use dress tape to get it to stay where I wanted on the non-shoulder side. shorter in front with a little bit of a train or longer in back. I felt very elegant. Though I would be intimidated or overpowered by ruffle, but did not feel that way at all. Also, was afraid I'd feel exposed with open shoulder, but was quite comfortable. I was also able to use a removal strap on my strapless bra under the ruffle so I felt more supported. I work spanx just to help smooth things out, but they may not have been necessary. Would be curious if the dress would have been more flattering or curve conscious in a smaller size. I feel like this picture does not do the dress justice and that I did not look as apple shaped as I appear here, but it was the only full shot I got the whole night!
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Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
June 23, 2014
AMAZING
This dress was so beautiful. I got so many compliments on the dress. It was perfect for the Formal wedding i attended. I originally had another dress ordered but it was stuck in the northern states due to weather and wasnt going to arrive on time. RTR let me pick out another dress because they didnt have the correct size in my original dress, so i picked this one and I am so glad i did. When i called RTR on the day before my dresses were supposed to be delivered and tracking was advising it would be delivered monday,2 days after my event, RTR saved me and overnighted the dresses to me so i would have them. I LOVE RTR!! thanks a bunch!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
November 21, 2014
Great dress but runs a little large
The 16W was loose all around. This was sent as a back-up dress. It's really gorgeous but I could have used a size down.
Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 60
Bust size: 42D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 215lbs
November 15, 2015
Being able to rent and not buy and handing the dress delivered to you made this a great experience.
I was skeptical in renting this gown because I am self conscious of my stomach. Surprisingly I felt very comfortable in it and the dress accented my curves in the right place (of course with the right underpinnings). I am 5 '7.5", wore the regular length with flats and it was perfect. Because of my stomach, I wear an 18 or 20. Size 18 wasn't available so I had to rent the 20 which was large on top (I am a 42C). For the right fit if I could, I would have needed to take in 2" on shoulder somehow to raise the top. But Hollywood tape helped. The black strap in the picture was my black purse. Overall this was a great experience and have told women about Rent the Runway (even the FedEx delivery woman who delivered the dress).
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Size worn:
20WL
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
November 4, 2013
Classic, elegant look
I loved this dress, but would recommend sizing up 2-3 sizes. I wear a 14W in regular clothes and dresses, and had to size all the way up to a 20W. The look overall was fantastic, and I got a lot of compliments.
LisaNovember 8, 2013
Hi, I wear a size 18 or 20. Depends on the brand. So you suggest I get a 22 or 24? I never wore this size before. A bit nervous.
MarieNovember 28, 2013
I usually wear 18. I rent 2 sizes 18 and 20 WL The 18 is true to size, but it was very too short as I am a 5'10". I am gonna wear it with black long skirt under. Very beautiful.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 43
Body type: Pear
March 5, 2014
I felt beautiful and elegant in this dress.
Wore this gown to a Mardi Gras ball and felt absolutely beautiful. The dress fit wonderfully and I had many compliments throughout the night. I wear a size 16 and had to go up a size for the dress but I think that may be normal for formals.
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Size worn:
20WL
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 8, 2014
RTR was fantastic! Easy, affordable, and amazing!
The dress fit beautifully! It was almost a little bit too short, so I wouldn't recommend it for women taller than 5'9. But like I said, amazing fit! I did wear the size up from my normal size because I have a smaller upper body and wider hips, and my normal size fit a little snug through the hips. The dress hugged my curves in all of the right places, so I definitely recommend this dress for curvier girls! So glad that I chose RTR for this experience!
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Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
October 1, 2014
I wore the back up dress that I also rented.
It's a beautiful gown, but it ran small and was extremely short. I'm 5'5" and based on the reviews, I ordered the "long", but it was still entirely too short to wear. I was very disappointed.
Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
October 3, 2014
Fabric thickness was great, but it looks a little cheap.
I rented this for my sister for her prom, and she loved it! The fabric is thick so it sucks everything in, but she still wore spanks underneath to make sure everything stayed in place. The dress made her look slender and hugged all of the right places. Although it looked very nice, I can't imagine anyone paying full retail price for this gown! In person the fabric looked cheap but in photos it looks stunning. She is 5'10" ~ 5'11" wore size 18L with 2.5 inch heels and it was barely off the ground.
Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 52
Body type: Apple
Weight: 195lbs
February 20, 2015
Classic Elegance!
I would probably recommend getting your size and 1 size larger. I ordered 1 size larger and it fit PERFECTLY! The dress was extremely comfortable and hung beautifully. Very classy! I wore 3 inch heals and the long length was perfect. I am 5'8". HIGHLY recommend!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38DD
Body type: Pear
Weight: 207lbs
June 17, 2014
Did not wear it
The dress is short in the front and has a tail (long) in the back. I am 5'5" and the dress was too short without shoes and looked even more ridiculous with heels. Unfortunately I could not wear it. The dress material was elegant. I think having wide hips (normally size 16) it wasn't flattering. I think the dress would look much better on someone thinner.
Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 47
August 6, 2015
ran a bit small, but I felt like a million bucks!
runs a bit small for the larger busted women, but the rest of the dress fits true to size. It is exceptionally comfortable.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 39
October 30, 2015
I traded this dress for another one on the spot!
I ordered a 22WR. The fit was just okay in the body, snug in the bust area, and way too short. In the future, I will order all dresses in the long.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 73
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 215lbs
November 7, 2013
What a great dress to wear as Cruella.!!
The dress fit very well except for the length. It was about 4" too short. I wore black tights underneath so it was okay. Got lots of complements.
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Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 40
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 240lbs
December 1, 2013
My boyfriend like the dress on me, he was so proud.
The dress fit me very well, the only problem was the length it was too short, but I fixed it by wearing a long black skirt under.
RTR CustomerJanuary 22, 2014
That sounds so beautiful.Wish I could see a pic of you in it.I wear an 18 also & am 5'8"I thought of getting a black half slip & add Crinaline(sp?) layers to it
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
February 24, 2014
Great fit and very comfortable!
I am 5' 4" and ordered the Regular length but it was too short and hit at my ankles. I ordered the 16WL and it was perfect with heels. This dress was very classic and looked great at the Jr. League Black Tie Gala Ball.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Body type: Full Bust
March 23, 2014
Beautiful black gown that emphasized the right spots
I absolutely loved this gown. This was my first time renting anything long and I was super nervous about this. I'm short (5'3) and was worried I would be tripping over myself all night. However, when the dresses came they were only ankle length which was perfect because I could truly show off my new shoes. It was a comfortable dress. I wore spanx shorts to keep my belly in check, but the color really hid any imperfections. I loved the way it accentuated my curves. I highly recommend this dress for a formal affair.
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
April 14, 2014
This dress really flattered my hourglass figure!
This wasn't my first choice but my original choice was returned in poor condition so I had to go with my second choice. The dress fit really well and flattered my hourglass figure nicely, however it fell a little short. The picture on the model shows the dress going to the floor but on me it stopped at my ankles! I'm only 5'3'' so usually my problem is that long dresses are TOO long, so that was a little annoying.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 42C
Body type: Straight & narrow
April 15, 2014
this dress was super nice, ended up not wearing
This dress just didn't work for my body type. such a bummer cause i really liked it
Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 220lbs
May 18, 2014
Not meant for ladies with big chests!
I rented this as my back up dress in a size 16WR and 18WR. I'm considered plus size because I'm a size 16, but mainly because my chest is a 36HH. This dress is NOT meant for us ladies with boobs. Nor is it meant for anyone without proper sized hips. My chest would have fallen out of this had I tried to wear it, and it was a couple inches too big in the hips. The length would have been too short had I worn my 4 inch heels as well, I'm 5'9. Overall this dress was very pretty, but kind of boring in my book (I didn't want black), and not the right size. But, the fabric was great, and would have held up nicely to a night of dancing.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 230lbs
September 21, 2014
Beautiful dress, too short!
The fit of the dress was perfect. It hugs every curve the right way. Unfortunately it was way too short. At 5'6 you could see my ankles. (Not a cute look) loved the dress, not the length.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
October 28, 2014
Perfection!
The perfect evening dress. Flattering cut, great shoulder detail and the prefect fabric for a smooth figure (with spanx of course). I'm 5'7" and could not have worn the standard length. Order the extra long if you are over 5'6" and plan on wearing any heel. I also used the the hollywood tape for the strapless side - danced all night without tugging at the dress once.
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 63
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
November 1, 2014
The perfect dress,even if it was my second choice.
There are no pros or cons.
Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
November 10, 2014
So worried it wasn't going to fit and it did wonderfully!
I wore this dress for my sorority formal and it fit amazing! At first I thought it was a little too short. And considering I'm only 5'3 it might be too short for anyone else taller. But it's a tad longer in the back than in the front and as the night went on I was very thankful it wasn't any longer or I would've been tripping all over it. Plus it showed off my heels a little.
Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 46
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 165lbs
December 12, 2014
I was shocked and completely stunned at how WONDERFUL this dress looked and fit on me!
Ran a little bigger on top, but didn't droop or sag. I worried when I pulled the dress out that it would be too long, I tried it on and it was PERFECT right to the shoes. I wore it to a formal work Christmas party and a week later I'm still getting compliments! It was a TOTAL SUCCESS! I've shared the website so many times as a result.
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 200lbs
January 20, 2015
A very formal dress, and flattering to my figure.
The dress is shorter in the front. I'm not quite 5'4'', and it didn't touch the ground with out heels. It was a little big on me, so I didn't wear this dress. The top was bigger, and the side without the strap would fall over and expose my boobs. I am a D cup, so I would normally fill it up.
Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Body type: Full Bust
February 28, 2015
I received compliments when I walked in the door. I felt like a million bucks.
Fit was great in the chest area. The only thing I wasn't expecting was how short the front was. It was a few inches shorter than in the front and it actually worked out because it was snowing I didn't have to worry about it dragging on the ground.
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 40
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 220lbs
April 22, 2015
The dress gave a very sleek look.
The dress ran a little big around the waist.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190lbs
April 23, 2015
Super comfortable dress!
Make sure to order the Long - I'm 5'6" and the long was perfect with a 3" heel. I'm so glad I read the other reviews. This dress is so comfortable and was lovely to wear. You'll need Spanx to smooth out lines because it is a fit to flare cut but with the stretch and color, it is a dream!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 47
Body type: Pear
June 9, 2015
Beautiful dress-did not get to wear it too big
Loved it but did not wear it....too big.....normally 14 but when ordered a bridesmaid dress, 20 was ordered but this was too big
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