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Carmen Marc Valvo

Courtess Gown

$70 rental
$1390 Retail

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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".)

Size & Fit Notes

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".)

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Dresses may not be offered in all of the above lengths.

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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98 reviews

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Small 6
True to Size 73
Large 3
Photos 77
Kaitlin
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132 lbs
Apr 1, 2014

Great dress for a friend's wedding.

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I was getting compliments all night. I'm 5'6" and wore the regular length. It was perfect when dancing barefoot, but a little short when wearing 4" heels. Great dress overall! Would definitely recommend.
Libbie
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 18
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127 lbs
May 24, 2014

I ordered this dress for my junior prom because I wanted a dress that stood out, and it was perfect!

Size worn: 2L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress was a bit too short! There weren't any other problems besides people constantly question what I was, or rather wasn't, wearing under the dress since the slip under the lace is nude! I got so many compliments and kept being told that I belonged on a runway, guess the website really lives up to its name! This dress was everything I wanted!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Jun 3, 2014

It is a bit more for winter/fall events, but by far the best dress I've rented from RTR yet.

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The fit is amazing, very form fitting so you be ready to show some curves (but in an extremely elegant way.) I'm in between a 2 and 4, and the 2 fit me great. It's comfortable to dance all night, and still breath when you sit down. I will rent this one again.
margo
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 63
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150 lbs
Jun 12, 2014

I was so totally comfortable all night long and felt very elegant. Had unsolicited compliments.

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The fit was devine. I felt so luxurious and comfortable all evening. This was my first rental so I was a bit nervous and had purchased a back up dress. Once I put this on it was NO QUESTION. It's a heavier weight so it falls beautifully and elegantly. It has a little stretch so I was comfortable at the formal sit down dinner and dancing afterwards. I wore a low heel and was so happy it worked.
Heather
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Jun 17, 2014

The dress fit like a glove and was so comfortable.

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The dress was perfect for the occasion! It was such a great fit and fabric, very sturdy. You will want to wear a strapless bra or one that cuts lower on the chest because you can see the cups of the bra above the nude fabric lining of the dress.
Erica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Sep 8, 2014

Rented this gown for a black tie wedding & it was a perfect fi!

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Extremely flattering & figure hugging for my hourglass shape! The gown has a bit of stretch to it, so I was very comfortable dancing the night away!
Heather
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 195 lbs
Sep 16, 2014

Conservative Sexy

Size worn: 14L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress certainly stood out in a sea of black cocktail dresses, but was still conservative enough for a formal event at our hunt club. My first choice dress was damaged by the previous client and this was selected for me by the RTR stylists. The dress over all has substantial weight and hangs beautifully. I probably could have even gone down to a size 12L, because the weight pulled the nude lining down so the top of my strapless bra showed slightly. Additionally, be prepared to wear heels, I am 5' 9" and the dress was still touching ground in 3" heels. Despite the hiccup of the original dress not being available, I will never buy another dress for a formal affair.
anna
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Oct 1, 2014

Great Fit and length. Received many compliments

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Great Fit and length. Received many compliments
REBECCA
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Oct 1, 2014

This dress made me feel like a rock star!

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I don't have one complaint about this dress. It fit wonderfully, so comfortable and fits an average body perfectly. I wore it to a gala and got so many compliments it's crazy. I do wish it was a little longer. I am 5'6 and I wore probably 3-4 in heels, I a, glad i rented the 4L. Highly recommend this dress!
Thessali
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Oct 3, 2014

Elegant and sexy

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Who knew such a conservative dress would be sexier than any sparkle or low cut neckline? The material is heavy and luxurious, but adds a bit of width to the body. I wore shorter heels and didn't have a problem with length. Got comments all night long. This was my first RTR experience and there's no way I'm ever buying another dress.
Aireal
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155 lbs
Oct 3, 2014

I received many complements in this dress and felt amazing in it!! I love Rent the Runway!!

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I am tall with a lot if hip this dress fit me like a glove!!
Tara
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Body type: Hourglass
Oct 20, 2014

This Dress is a STUNNER!

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I loved, LOVED this dress! It fit immaculately, and I felt very comfortable the entire night. It was sexy yet still covering, and I didn't need to wear my beloved Spanx. Not to mention, I received massive amounts of compliments. If I had to find a fault with the dress, I would say that it ran a teeny bit short. I am 5'4, and I felt that the dress didn't quite reach the floor with my 4" heels. I would recommend getting the dress in a Long if you plan on wearing heels or are taller than 5'6. All in all, I would highly recommend this dress (especially to curvy figures)!
Alyssa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Oct 23, 2014

Super comfortable, fit perfectly!

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I ate, danced and walked everywhere in this dress. It fit very well and was extremely true to size. I wore 3 inch heels and it hit at the right spot for my 5'5" body. Really a show stopper. Classic, sophisticated but sexy!
Kim
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 55
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 143 lbs
Nov 10, 2014

I work this annual event each year - least effort I've ever put in to feeling truly elegant!

Size worn: 6L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress was absolutely beautiful and I received lots of complements! Michigan is cold in November and this dress is perfect for colder weather events. It is pretty tough to zip, so you'll need help getting in/out of it. The RTR experience is fabulous - it was my first time, but surely won't be the last!!
Erin
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Nov 10, 2014

Honestly the dress was amazing, so many compliments!! Won Best Dressed, easy $100 :)

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I would have worn a size 8, which is what I typically wear. The size 8 was not available for that particular weekend so I had to bump up. It hung down lower on my chest than I wanted it to but it still was an amazing fit!
Ana Lisa
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Nov 10, 2014

This dress is absolutely stunning!

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress to my boyfriend's sister's black tie wedding. I have never received so many complements on a dress! The dress arrived the afternoon of the requested delivery date and everything was in great shape. I'm 5'2 and the length was perfect for wearing 3 inch heels; but if you are taller than 5'2 or want to wear 4 inch heels, I would recommend ordering the longer length. You don't need very much jewelry as the look of the dress does all the talking! Overall, incredible experience with Rent the Runway and I'm looking forward to another event to rent another dress.
RTR Customer
Height: 5' 5"
Bust size: 36B
Nov 13, 2014

It was my backup dress!!

Size worn: 6L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Simply, the dress is wonderful enough to hug my curves but heavy enough to handle them. It was a wonderful dress. I added the ribbon because I needed something to break it up. It was comfortable and sexy, flattering and conservative. Perfect for my husband's ball.
Kristi
Age: 35
Nov 17, 2014

I got compliments all night!!

Size worn: 10R
Rented for: Wedding
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.
Martha
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 151 lbs
Dec 17, 2014

I'm usually an 8 but I tried on the 10 first and it was a nice fit.

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress was almost too short. I'm 5'6" and wore 3" heels and it was just long enough. Overall it was very comfortable and very beautiful.
Anna
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118 lbs
Jan 2, 2015

I felt sophisticated and sexy. It was a head-turner

Size worn: 4L
Rented for: Wedding
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
Jackie
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 18
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 3, 2015

Completely stunning.

Size worn: 6L
Rented for: Party
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!
Laurie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 60
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 5, 2015

Wonderful dress.

Size worn: 8R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
After reading the reviews I was afraid 8R would be too short since I am 5'8 but they did not have the long in an 8, so I ordered the 8R and the 10L. I am an 8/10 and both dresses fit, but the Long was way too long! The Regular did not brush the floor with 3" heels on, and I was conscious that my toes peeked out, but frankly I was soooo glad it was not longer since it rained and most of the women were dragging muddy dresses around! BE AWARE that you need a strapless bra! I did not know that and had to shop the day of the event to find one out of town. But it worked out great and I was very, very happy with my choice. I wore a gold necklace which I also rented, but it was pretty dull and did not set the dress off like I hoped. I did have sparkly earrings, but in hindsight I would have worn a very sparkly necklace as well to really show it off as formal.
Nikki
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160 lbs
Jan 10, 2015

Not only did I look beautiful but I felt beautiful! The dress was absolutely stunning!

Size worn: 10R
Rented for: Wedding
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.
EMILEE
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 60
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160 lbs
Jan 20, 2015

I attended a formal affair at our city's art museum and received compliments throughout the night.

Size worn: 12L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress was a great fit. I was pleased with the style and decided to wear the Adrienne Landau Shrug to make the assemble even more distinctive. I was very pleased and have recommended Rent the Runway to friends who frequently attend formal events. This is my third dress that I rented!
April
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180 lbs
Jan 25, 2015

Formal with just a touch of sexy

Size worn: 10R
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Jackie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Jan 30, 2015

Absolutely Amazing Dress!!!!

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This is one of the best experiences I've had with Rent the Runway to date! I am not very tall so I'm always nervous about the length of long dresses, but this was PERFECT. I did wear heels that were about 3 inches, but I don't think that was even necessary. I wore a size 6R which fit perfectly. I am also nervous about long sleeve dresses because I always get so hot, but the holes in the lace on the arms allowed air to go through which was comfortable.
Lindsey
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Jan 30, 2015

This dress was everything I've ever imagined and more.

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I did not want to give this dress back! I received compliments all night long. It was a beauty
jaime
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Feb 2, 2015

Best dress

Size worn: 6L
Rented for: Formal Affair
Such a rich dress it felt like a 2000 gown so classy!!
Leslie
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Feb 4, 2015

I wore this to a Mardi Gras ball and it was great!

Size worn: 12L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress was beautiful. My biggest issue was the nude lining did not come up high enough to cover my bra. The day of, I had to run and find a camisole to wear under the dress. I couldn't find one that matched but luckily the event wasn't too bright. Other than that, I loved it.
Nat G
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135 lbs
Feb 4, 2015

Best dressed at the ball

Size worn: 8R
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Jessica
Age: 37
Feb 15, 2015

Was my first time using RTR...was a little nervous but the Dress was perfect!!!

Size worn: 10L
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Meagan
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Feb 16, 2015

Different dress type that I normally wear but I felt great in it!

Size worn: 8R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Very comfortable, easy to move and dance in :)
Kimmy
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 144 lbs
Feb 17, 2015

This dress fit so perfectly!!!

Size worn: 4L
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!
Angela
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 1, 2015

I received so many compliments on this dress! I wore it with spanks and no bra.

Size worn: 6L
Rented for: Formal Affair
The 6L was a perfect length with a 3 inch pump. I'm 5'6''.
Ryan
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
Mar 9, 2015

I received so many compliments on this dress I couldn't believe it! I felt amazing in it.

Size worn: 4L
Rented for: Wedding
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!
China
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 18
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Mar 22, 2015

Truly an extraordinary dress. It felt comfortable and stylish!

Size worn: 4L
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!
Pamela
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 50
Mar 29, 2015

A brilliant blend of elegance and comfort. So easy to wear and feel great in. Loved this one!

Size worn: 8R
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!
Jessica
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175 lbs
Apr 6, 2015

If you want an endless stream of compliments, rent this dress!

Size worn: 8R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I wasn't sure about the dress when I tried it on the first night. My boyfriend insisted it was great. But once I got to the venue (his sister's wedding - in a gorgeous Art Deco building), I got nothing but compliments all night about how gorgeous this dress was. Be aware, the lace has zero give - so this fits like a glove and is a little constricting on arm movements over your head (don't plan on climbing monkey bars or anything). Also, the dress is very heavy, and despite having rather wide lace on the shoulders, is fairly warm. I cannot say enough good things about this gorgeous dress. As other reviewers said, the pictures absolutely don't do it justice. Stunning.
Princess of Pigskin
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132 lbs
May 21, 2015

This dress was absolutely STUNNING. I felt elegant, glamorous and fashion forward!

Size worn: 2R
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress fit me like a glove and I got compliments all night!
Crystal
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150 lbs
Jun 3, 2015

Just like the other reviews I got so many complements.

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I am 5'4 - 5'5, and this was a 6R and it paired perfectly with flats. If you want to wear a heel I suggest that you get the 6L for the extra 3 inches.. I normally wear an 8 for the bust reason but the 6 fit just perfect in that area.
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