Carmen Marc Valvo

Courtess Gown

$70 rental
$1,390 retail
Stylist Notes

Steal the show in this fantastically feminine style by Carmen Marc Valvo. With a sexy nude lining, this gown will make you feel like a black tie bombshell!

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 2 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - stretchy fabric allows comfortable fit throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - comfortable room for 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: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black Lace with Nude Underlay (100% Polyester). Long sleeves. Crew neckline. Fitted skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. See size and fit tab for lengths. Imported.

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259 reviews
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Age: 38
November 17, 2014
I got compliments all night!!
Fit was perfect! Got compliments all night! I did get the regular length and I'm only 5'2. I actually could have gotten the longer length but otherwise it fit perfect.
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
January 2, 2015
I felt sophisticated and sexy. It was a head-turner
I was worried about it being too big, since I normally wear a 2, but it fit perfectly. The material was exceptional and I'd rent it again in a heart beat
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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
January 3, 2015
Completely stunning.
This dress is beyond incredible. I wore this dress for my Great Gatsby- themed junior prom, and I received compliments all night long, and in weeks following the event. The sizing is perfect as well, I rented a 6L and an 8L, and ended up wearing the 6L because it hugged my body more. Length-wise the long was great because I was able to wear my 4" heels and the edge of the dress just hit the floor (I was 5'4" at the time I wore the dress). It was heavier than I would have imagined, but in no way did that prove to be an obstacle. Being a long sleeved dress it did get hot on the dance floor, but as I like to say fashion over function. A few details on the nude lining: it is attached to the dress, and does not extend through the sleeves. It has a sweetheart neckline, so an "invisible bra" is the best option. All in all for my first rental experience it was great- the dress arrived on time (along with the earrings I rented (the same ones pictured on the model for this dress)), it fit perfectly, and it was stunning. Renting again for this years prom, and other future events!
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 174lbs
January 25, 2015
Formal with just a touch of sexy
Rented this dress for an award show in Atlanta in January when it's quite cool out. Per previous reviews, wanted to get the Long, but none were available in anything close to my size so went with Regular. Indeed I wish I had the longer length; I am 5'4" and was wearing 4 inch heels which you could see to the ankle. The dress would have been more flattering if it went all the way to the floor. That being said, I got many compliments and the structure is very flattering for a curvy figure. I wore Spanx and no bra, but you can really get away without Spanx and a strapless bra would work fine. The netting does not have backing do straps would be seen and know your arms and shoulders are exposed to the air.
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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
February 2, 2015
Best dress
Such a rich dress it felt like a 2000 gown so classy!!
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
February 4, 2015
Best dressed at the ball
The material is very heavy. The dress hugs all the right places! I wish I could wear it everyday! My favorite dress I think I have ever worn.
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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
March 1, 2015
I received so many compliments on this dress! I wore it with spanks and no bra.
The 6L was a perfect length with a 3 inch pump. I'm 5'6''.
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
March 9, 2015
I received so many compliments on this dress I couldn't believe it! I felt amazing in it.
I usually wear a 6 and was nervous ordering the 4 but it was all they had. It ended up fitting me perfectly and hugging me in all the right places. It is a pretty heavy dress and gets very hot so definitely not a summer dress. I loved the way it swished around my feet while I walked. I would highly recommend this dress and would even re rent it!
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 52
March 29, 2015
A brilliant blend of elegance and comfort. So easy to wear and feel great in. Loved this one!
The best moment of the night came when I spied another woman with the same gown from RTR. She felt fab, I felt fab, and we hugged and laughed and had a great time showing off our twin looks on the dance floor. RTR rocks!
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
April 30, 2015
This just didn't fit me right - too tight and too short.
I loved this dress online but it really just didn't work out as well as I had hoped. I did wear it though! It was too short with four inch heels and a little too tight around my middle and arms.
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Body type: Pear
May 20, 2015
Amazing dress !!!
I absolutely love this dress, more beautiful in person. I can't wait to rent it again.
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Age: 19
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
September 30, 2015
This dress was perfect for prom. It was elegant and classy but also very fun.
The dress was very fitted, but also stretchy. Showed off my curves very well. It was a little heavy but not too bad. The fabric is on the thicker side but the holes keep you cool! Great dress.
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Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 33
November 10, 2015
Sexy and modest
I'm 5'5 and normally wear a 0 reg, so I was really worried ordering a 2 long (the long size is recommended for 5'7 and up). But thank goodness I got a long because the dress was totally short. I wore 3" heels and it probably two inches from the ground. So I'd say order a long for 5'4 and up. If you're over 5'7, I don't know how you could wear this. The dress could've been a bit tighter, (had to order the next size up due to availability). Still, it wasn't terrible. So, true to size. The dress is gorgeous, flattering, and easy to accessorize. It is heavy, so good for winter but not good for warm nights with dancing. Overall, I really loved it.
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
November 23, 2015
Got compliments all night, but the only one that mattered was my boyfriends compliments ALL night
Amazing dress! Fit true to size. I'm really short (5'0'') and the length with heels was perfect! The only problem I had with the dress was the tan dress liner underneath, it kept slipping down, so I used dress tape to hold it in place. I would definitely recommend this dress! It's gorgeous, classy, and fit like a glove! Plus my boyfriend wouldn't shut up about how gorgeous I looked. Win!
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
December 6, 2015
Showstopper
I originally wanted the 6L based on reviews however it wasn't available. The 4L fit right out of the box so I never even tried the 6R. I'm between 5'4 & 5'5 and wore 3 in heels and it was the perfect length. Skimmed the floor but could walk fairly easily. A few times my heels got caught on the lace. The dress is definitely a bit thick but it makes it very flattering on curves. Perfect for hourglasses. I was at an end of year banquet for my sport so I wanted to look nice but also appropriate given a lot of colleagues who were in attendance. I was in this dress for 7+ hours and I didn't want to take it off. I LOVED it. Was a struggle to zip alone but made it work. Also their are small zippers on end of sleeves which I wasn't expecting. This was sexy but not over the top due to the high neck line and long sleeves. I struggled with the lining. Strapless bras don't work well on me so I wore a nude regular bra and tried to keep my hair over so that you couldn't see the straps.
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 185lbs
December 13, 2015
Got tons of compliments all night! This dress made me feel like a celebrity!
This fits like a glove!! I wasn't sure if the 12R would work, but it was the only size left when I ordered. I received the dress and it literally felt like it was made for my body. The sleeve lengths and dress length were perfect! It was so comfortable and perfect for a holiday soirée!
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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 33
December 19, 2015
How easy it was to rent, I will never buy a formal dress again
I wore this dress to a Military Christmas Ball and received many compliments on how gorgeous this dress was. I would have to agree with other reviews the picture does not do this dress any justice, it is beautiful on. I am 5'4 and I was really scared that the length would be to short because I read that it ran short, but I did not have that problem and I still wore high heels.
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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
December 28, 2015
Received so many compliments on this dress. Perfect for the gala I wore it to. Fit great! Loved it!
True to size #gala
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
January 1, 2016
This dress is absolutely beautiful!!
It runs pretty tts. I'm 5 4' and wore 2 inch heels and it was almost too short.
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Age: 31
January 2, 2016
Beautiful dress!
The dress fit good. It was a bit big but looked great. Length was perfect. I'm 5'11. And wore a long. The neck was extremely tight and cut into me all night but I got tons of complements!!!
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
January 31, 2016
Felt like a movie star!
This was my first time using rent the runway- I loved it. So many compliments on this dress. Loved the slight train. Ordered the 10L, should have got the 8L. I'm 5'10" so I had to wear flats-aside from that, no complaints.
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
February 10, 2016
Beautiful dress which received many compliments. Felt very glamorous. Perfect for black tie event!
Recommend going a size down than normal. Even Size 4 felt loose. Sturdy, well made dress. No complaints about length. 5'5/regular. Would definitely rent again! #blacktie #glam
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
February 14, 2016
Nothing but compliments all night!
I wore this for a formal work event... We called it "teacher prom" haha! I received so many compliments! I love it! It's a heavy lace that has little give but it hugs curves. If you are big chested, I would get the regular size and then a size bigger.
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 153lbs
March 10, 2016
Elegant, sexy and flattering.
The heavy material hides many flaws. I got many compliments. My husband loved it- and thought I was very smart for not buying a dress I'd only wear once.
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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
March 17, 2016
Fit my pregnant belly!
Soooo I'm normally a size 6 but decided to size way up because I was 33 weeks pregnant here! I ordered a size 10R and size 12L and ended up wearing the 12L because the 10R was up to my ankles! If the 10L were available that would've fit perfectly, but it wasn't :(. So I wore the 12L because it skimmed the floor with my heels (3 inches). It was a little big but I got compliments all night. Definitely go with the long if you are 5'5 or taller! The material is beautiful and made very well. It is however, a little heavy so I wouldn't wear during the summer months if it's too hot out.
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34AA
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 128lbs
March 20, 2016
Fits like a custom made gown; alluring and substantial. Comfy to boot!
Worn to a fundraising gala. Perfect dress for the Moulin Rouge theme. The gown is weighty, which I love. Form-fit shows every curve. Was able to wear a regular padded bra (a necessity for me). The sleeves zip close at wrist...required because the lace does not stretch. 4 long is my typical gown size, I wore a 3" heel which showed a little (I'm 5'8"). A flat would have given the gown a floor drape, if that's your style. Comfortable, substantial, tons of complements, and very sexy. Wears like a $3000 gown.
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
April 25, 2016
Amazing dress!
This dress was soooo amazing! Runs true to size and was the perfect length on me.
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 26, 2016
Super easy process. LOVED this dress. Very comfortable and I got SOOOO MANY compliments.
GORGEOUS dress. Super easy to wear, and everyone loved it. I ordered both a 6R and a 8R, and the 6 was perfect. I'm almost 5'4 and length oh the regular was perfect too with a normal heel. Love RTR!!!
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
January 10, 2015
Not only did I look beautiful but I felt beautiful! The dress was absolutely stunning!
I wore this dress to a winter wedding. It was perfect for the evening. I felt beautiful and the dress really fit my hour glass figure well. I would suggest wearing spanx if you want to cover those problem areas. I am normally a size 8-10, so this dress was true to size. It is a very thick dress so during a night of drinking and dancing it does get a little warm. I got so many compliments from everyone. Everyone loved the dress. I would recommend this dress to anyone. I am completely satisfied with my RTR experience.
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Age: 39
February 15, 2015
Was my first time using RTR...was a little nervous but the Dress was perfect!!!
Totally comfortable, I thought it might be hot but it was perfect! Will need a strapless bra and possibly shape wear depending on your curves. I'm 5-4 and wore 4 inch heels and the length was good with the 10L.
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 144lbs
February 17, 2015
This dress fit so perfectly!!!
I was a little skeptical about the dress because it looked very bland on the model. However I took a chance with this dress and I loved it! I received so many compliments that night!
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
March 22, 2015
Truly an extraordinary dress. It felt comfortable and stylish!
I rented this dress for my senior prom and it was the best I decision I ever made! I don't wear dresses at all, so it was difficult knowing what size to order. Thank god that they have a free backup size cause I originally thought I was a 6 but the 4 ended up fitting great! Something to consider is that if you're 5'7 or near that don't order the regular if you want to wear heels. Also the arms were a bit tight, and it got hot on the dance floor with the sleeves and all. Make sure you get a strapless bra because the top portion of the dress is see through. I didn't have time to get one, since I didn't know that. All in all the process was super easy and fast and the staff answered all my questions in a timely manner. I would definetly rent from rent the runway again!
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132lbs
May 21, 2015
This dress was absolutely STUNNING. I felt elegant, glamorous and fashion forward!
The dress fit me like a glove and I got compliments all night!
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
February 7, 2016
Endless compliments and the comfort of wearing a "non strapless" bra! Ha
I'm busty (34 DD) and wanted to wear with a regular bra. The dress was comfortable, beautiful, and sexy in a non-skin showing way. I am 5'4 and wore the 4L. The 2R wasn't even touching not the ground when I was bare foot and it was tight across my chest area. I had to wear a nude bandeau top under it to cover excess cleavage. The nude under part of the dress didn't come up high enough. I am mama of 3 little ones and was concerned about my tummy, but spanx made it perfect. I would DEFINITELY wear this again!!!
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
February 21, 2016
I felt BEAUTIFUL!
I received compliments all night and felt beautiful! I love RTR and the ease of the process, not only will I order from RTR again but will recommend this service to my friends..... I am SO grateful to have come across your site!!
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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
March 8, 2016
Such a beautiful dress!
Loved the style, it was sheer enough to need a nude bra but a strapless isn't necessary. The fabric was thick enough to hide my trouble spots and I received endless compliments on the dress!
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 25
March 16, 2016
Amazing dress. So elegant.
I rented the 4L and 6L. I ended up wearing the 4L. Overall, amazing dress. It was so elegant for the black tie wedding I went to but was still able to move around, despite it being a heavier dress. One small complaint. I'm 5'8" and the 4L was almost too short with bare feet. Once I put on heels (three inches) it was too short. Still an amazing dress. Would have been nice to have the length of the 6L and the fit of the 4L.
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32DD
May 18, 2016
This dress steals the show
People will stop you left and right when you wear this gorgeous dress! The fit is perfect- tight in the right places, loose in the right places. Very elegant. It is long so you will need to wear at least a small heel if you are 5'4" or less. I wore this dress to a black tie optional gala. It was perfect in every way. It is a little warm, but not too bad. I wouldn't wear it outside in anything over 75 degrees. If you're thinking about getting this dress right now, let me help you decide...get it!
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 171lbs
June 23, 2016
Absolutely loved this dress!
10-L was perfection. It fitted my body well and draped me well. Length perfect with 4" heels and I'm 5'6". Several Compliments and gorgeous!
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Size worn:
14L
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 45
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 179lbs
June 27, 2016
Looks so much better in person!
This dress was a last minute replacement from RTR bc my original choice was not available. I'm so glad I choose this one! It's so beautiful on. It hugs your curves in all the right places. I received tons of compliments on how beautiful the dress was. Although, it is heavy, it was extremely comfortable! I loved this dress! You won't be disappointed at all!
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