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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230 reviews
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Large
(16)
True to Size
(142)
Small
(8)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132lbs
June 27, 2017
I didn't wear this - the long was much too short in 2 sizes.
I ended up wearing my backup dress. I am 5'8" and ordered both the 4L and 6L in this dress. Both of them barely grazed the floor when I was barefoot. I don't know why the long versions were both so short, but if you're over 5'6" and wish to wear any heel and you want the bottom of the dress to hit the floor, this isn't the dress for you. The overall fit was fine, but the length was not at all a 'long'.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 136lbs
June 24, 2017
I looked great!
Rented this for a party. Unfortunately, I had to return it, because hubby thought the nude was too sexy. But I looked absolutely great in it!
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 32
June 19, 2017
This dress was so comfortable! It fit like a glove. I wore it to a wedding & danced the night away!
True to size, comfortable, the lining underneath is very giving. I received compliments all night long! I'm 5'2" and was worried about the length, but with a 3 1/2 inch heel it was PERFECT. Highly recommend!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
June 14, 2017
Stunning!
I wore this to a fraternity dinner in Chicago during the middle of April. I have never received as many compliments on a dress then I did with this one! It is so classy and elegant. While all of the other girls were freezing in their tiny dresses, I was warm and very comfortable in this dress. I would say it fits true to size. I got a size 10 and an 8 as my backup and I ended up wearing the 8. The 10 was way too loose on me. I don't have much of a chest so I was able to get away without wearing a bra. I absolutely loved this dress! I am still getting compliments on it and I wore it 2 months ago! I always say I got it from RTR and how happy I was with it!
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Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
June 5, 2017
Felt like a Princess!!!
I felt like an absolute princess in this dress. With the right spanx to hold everything in, I looked like a curvy Kardahsian and loved it. I got so so so many compliments on the dress and did not want to return ot!!!
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
May 16, 2017
High quality
Wearing this dress makes you feel like a million bucks. The design and fit of the dress is perfect without feeling like you're wearing something too snug. I wore it for a wedding and it was so easy to move around in. Loved it!
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34D
May 10, 2017
Gorgeous, true-to-size slimming sexy dress.
I loved this dress. I got so many complements (especially from my husband) and felt beautiful in it. I wore it to a black tie optional gala. The dress was heavy but it was a spring night so that was fine. I may rent it again for another event later in the year. Definitely recommend for a curvy figure. It's slimming. I was surprised to fit the six, I normally wear an eight.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
April 21, 2017
Stunning dress!
This dress is amazing! It hugs in all the right places. Although it's a form fit I was extremely comfortable in it. The material is stretchy. I went with the 2 bc the 4 seemed too loose in the bottom. Glad I did bc it felt like it stretched a little by the end of the night
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 175lbs
April 9, 2017
Winter wedding in Northern Canada!
This heavy dress made me feel regal. The zippers on the sleeve cuffs give a glove-like fit. Overall, comfortable dress to move in. Was church-appropriate and still looked great on the dance floor that night!
Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 195lbs
April 4, 2017
Fantastic Fit! Loved it!
This dress was incredibly flattering and comfortable but still felt super sexy. I would rent again and again. Hands down my favorite dress of many I've rented. SO many compliments!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Weight: 125lbs
April 3, 2017
Gorgeous and luxurious classy dress!
This dress was beautiful! The material is thick, and the fit was both flattering and comfortable. Definitely hope to rent again!!
Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Body type: Hourglass
March 30, 2017
Love this dress!
Fit great. I'm 27 weeks pregnant and this dress fit great very flattering received many complements! Would recommend.
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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Wedding
March 21, 2017
Sexy and dramatic
I loved how this dress looked. It hugged my body and it was very sexy. I would recommend it for a black tie only event. It's quite a dramatic look. I am 5'7 and it was perfect with 3 inch heels
Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
March 16, 2017
This dress rocks
Seriously, this dress rocks. It's forgiving , classy, stunning, and just amazing. I had surgery a few days prior to my event and this dress for great. It stretches a little, which rocked. Hands down-FIVE starts. For some reason my app won't let me give it 5. It is FIVE stars.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
March 5, 2017
This was a substitute dress sent.
It was not right for a formal event. it was long and large all over. It was a lot of look and it might be good for another event.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
February 15, 2017
Beautiful winter wedding in Southern VT.
Dress fit true to size, a bit long but nothing a pair of big girl heels couldn't fix. The nude slip was a bit lower in the bust than I had thought but was still covered what needed to be covered. I am nursing, and the dress was easy to get in and out of to pump. Nude bra was perfect as an undergarment. RAVE reviews on the dress - lots of compliments and made me feel like a million bucks and would totally rent it again!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
February 13, 2017
I look and feel like a queen because I got many compliments on this dress. It is modest as I wished
As a Muslim woman, this dress met my priority of being beautiful, yet feminine, classic, and modest. If you are short and petite like I am, the 4R size is great with room since I'm big bust, but it is a bit snug in the arms and hips, so I wore a corset underneath for a great fit. I finished the look by wearing a black headscarf accessorized with a crystal headband, crystal earrings, and tuck-in but shown outside crystal heart-shaped necklace. Wearing a 2.5 inch high-heal tan-ish, brown sandals made the dress drop right on the floor. The backup size 6R was too long, but if you are more busty and tall, it would be good a 6R. During the gala ball, I got many compliments that I looked beautiful in this beautiful dress. I would rent this dress again if I need to.
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
February 5, 2017
Fit like a glove
This was a great dress - comfortable, great fit, wore well all evening. Wore 3 inch heels and the dress touched the top of my toes. I received a lot of complements . Highly recommend.
Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
January 29, 2017
A classy and elegant dress!
I wore this dress to a black tie optional wedding and received a ton of compliments! The dress is beautiful with great detail but very warm- even in January. My one complaint is that it was a tad short- I am 5'9" and it just skimmed the floor in bare feet. Once I put on heels (about a 1.5/2 inch heel) it no longer touched the floor and you could see my shoes a little bit, which bothered me. Other than that this dress was great!
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
January 19, 2017
Loved this dress for a NYE wedding in a cold winter climate. It was warm and felt fancy.
Length was great. Wore with heels.
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Weight: 115lbs
January 16, 2017
This gown was absolutely perfect for my engagement shoot! It was exactly the vision I had in mind.
I am usually a 0 or a 2 in dresses or pants and the 0 fit just fine. I still had a bit of room. I'm 5'3" and the regular length was still a bit long, but worked okay with 4" heels. The overall quality was amazing and it was extremely comfortable. I would love to wear it again!
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 34
January 3, 2017
I got so many compliments on this dress!!
Wore this to a formal event and got so many compliments. Dress fit my curves like a glove. I would have loved for it to be a little longer but other than that, it was a hit. I wore a 10R the 10L wasn't available.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32B
January 2, 2017
Beautiful dress!
I loved this dress! I am three months pregnant and this dress had enough stretch to allow my bump to fit. It was a little tight on the neck but overall it was beautiful.
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 38
January 1, 2017
I received many compliments on the dress.
The dress was very comfortable and flattering.
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 128lbs
December 19, 2016
Many compliments
This dress is amazing. I received many compliments. The reviews said to size down but the liner is very low cut in the bust and bc I'm currently breastfeeding I'm bigger up top than usual so I wore my normal size so I wouldn't have a huge boob bulge.
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 37
December 18, 2016
This is an epic dress. Total stunner.
It's a heavy, substantial dress, but that's what makes it looks so good. It smooths your figure out. The lace is amazing. It felt a little tight around the neck when I first put it on, but i got used to it and it didn't end up bothering me. I wore a 4 long. I'm 5'6. It was almost too long. Ideally it would have been an inch or so shorter, but is rather long than short so it ended up working out just fine. I'd def recommend this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
December 18, 2016
Stunning, elegant dress!
At first I wasn't sure I liked the dress because I normally like to show a little more skin and I felt like I wanted it to be a little tighter, but there wasn't a smaller size available. I ended up wearing the dress and felt like a million dollars! I got SO many compliments. It was gorgeous and my husband loved it. I am normally between a 2 and a 4 and the 2 was a little bit loose on me. I am thin, but not skinny and I have curves, so if you're really thin, this dress might be too big on you. I also am only 5'3 but ordered the long because I knew I was going to wear 5" heels. The dress was the perfect length. So if you are tall, I would say this will not work unless you wear flats. Overall, I ended up LOVING this dress and felt so elegant at the black tie wedding I wore it to! Would definitely rent this one again.
Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
December 15, 2016
Felt glamorous and a bit sexy
I loved this dress. At 5'8 and 130 lbs, a 2 fit perfectly. I needed a 2L which wasn't available, so I wore flats and it ended up working out fine. Beautiful dress that had class and a touch of sass. Highly recommended.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 148lbs
December 12, 2016
This dress was stunning and I got so many compliments.
I wore this dress a size down (from a 6 to a 4). Either way, the sleeves were only just long enough. I am 5' 6" and wore a regular. The wedding reception was in September and rather warm but this was a very comfortable dress.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 33
December 9, 2016
Loved the style. Received many compliments. Highly recommend.
The fabric is amazing. It was not hot at all. I will say I rented it because it was recommended for women with a larger bust and the under slip was not big enough on top. I felt like I was spilling out of it under the lace. However, my husband said I looked great. ;)
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 32
December 6, 2016
Exceptional customer service and easy process!
The dress is gorgeous!! My husband didn't really like it until I put it on and he LOVED it. I am two months post partum and this dress hid everything I didn't want showing. Pre pregnancy I was a small size 6 and right now I'm a big 8 to be nice to myself. I ordered the 6 and the 8 but later talked with a stylist who recommended I order the 4 and the 6. So glad I did! The 6 fit like a glove and perfect length. I'm 5'0 and about 145lbs right now. The dress with a three inch heel fit just right. The entire process was easy and I could not be happier with my experience!
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 29
December 5, 2016
I loved the dress!
Fit true to size. I usually wear either a size 2 or 4 and ended up wearing a 2. If you're over 5'5" I would recommend ordering a long.
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
December 5, 2016
So much fun! I felt amazing and got so many compliments!
The fit was amazing! Like a glove. I ordered a 2L and 4L and ended up wearing the 4. They both fit but the 4 was more comfortable to be in. After reading other reviews I opted for the Long. I'm 5'6 and with heels it just hit the floor perfectly.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 41
December 4, 2016
The most comfortable formal gown ever!
I'm 5'4" and 125 lbs and usually wear a 4 with the occasional 2. Though I could get into the 2, the 4 skimmed my curves beautifully without being too restrictive. The length was perfect with my 3.5 inch heels. The arms are slim, so keep that in mind if you are a weight-lifter!
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
December 3, 2016
Felt like a movie star!
I honestly felt like a red carpet movie star in this dress! The nude/lace overlay was very sexy despite the full coverage, long-sleeve, high-neckline silhouette, and my curves were flaunted perfectly without it being too tight/uncomfortable around my tummy area (don't forget your spanx!). The 8R was the perfect length to rock a pair of 3" nude heels at my height. The specific dress I wore had some crazy safety pins all bent out of shape in the underlay slip that were right up by the armpits, they were there when I put the dress on bc I got 'stuck' with one of them. However, once it was on - I never felt the pins (and realized they were there for good reason--I was quite busty in this dress!). As you can see, it made for great formal photos (which I later used for our Christmas card) and I still get compliments to this day. I felt sexy and beautiful all at the same time! If another black tie/gala/formal fundraiser is in the near future--this will be the first dress I look to rent again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
November 17, 2016
Classy meets sexy!
Wore this gem of a dress to a formal networking event and received so many compliments! I felt classy, elegant, and sexy all in one which is tough to find in a dress. The dress fit me true to size and hugged me in all the right places without being uncomfortable. I wore a nude longline bra with it and it worked great.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 178lbs
November 13, 2016
Perfection
Fit like it was made for me! Gorgeous! Got soo many compliments!!!!
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
November 9, 2016
This dress was perfect for an upstate NY black-tie wedding!
I am so glad I read through the reviews because I assumed the sizing would be small since it is a designer gown. The dress is a bit heavy, but I wore this for an outdoor November wedding so the weight probably helped keep me warm. It runs short. If you are average height go with the long if you plan to wear heels. The material stretches so don't order big on this one if you want form fitting. This dress is really comfortable and easy to move in. My heels would catch on the lace bottom occasionaly. I ordered a 4L and 6L and ended up wearing the smaller size, which naturally made me fill good. I got so many compliments on my gown. I highly recommend this dress. I was a first time user to RTR and I am certain this will be my go to dress shop.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
November 8, 2016
Got many compliments on the dress. Wore it to a evening wedding at jw marriot.
My sister wore this dress, she's 5'4" and 135lbs, slightly athletic build, chest 34c. Fit really well and length was perfect with 3 inch heels. Dress is very classy and hugs in all the right places.
Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 39
November 7, 2016
Nonstop Compliments All Night
This dress was my backup selection, but I ended up wearing it because was so amazing once I put it on. The photographs do not do it justice - it is a knockout in person. It was also extremely comfortable and I was able to dance the night away in it. This was my first experience with RTR and it is a game changer - I can't wait to use this service again.
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