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Patricia Gown
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Go for ladylike elegance Lady Mary would admire. This embroidered tulle gown by Catherine Deane is a timeless piece for your black tie affair. Pair with Oscar de la Renta’s Etoile Earrings.
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Embroidered tulle bodice with navy matte jersey skirt (bodice: 100% polyester, skirt: 68% rayon, 27% nylon , 5% spandex). Long sleeves. Boat neckline. Full skirt. Hidden back zipper. Lined. See size and fit tab for lengths. Imported.
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This dress runs small. We recommend sizing up (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 2 - 14.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress very fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not 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: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

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Calvin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Canonical User Type: 4444
Jan 7, 2014
STYLIST REVIEW
Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Amazing gown! I wore the size 4 as this dress runs very true to size. I am 5'8" and wore the long length with 4 in gold metallic sandals and it was perfect. The slit was higher than I expected and hit at the upper thigh. You can wear a strapless bra with this dress but it also has built-in cups, so I went bra-less (34" DD.) This dress will turn heads and is a must-wear for a black tie affair!
Lauren
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5334
Mar 31, 2014
Fabulous!!
Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The dress fit perfectly and was the perfect length for my 3in heels. I got tons of complements all night. Thank you RTR for making the night unforgettable!
Sarah
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5443
Mar 29, 2014
Got SO many compliments in this dress. I absolutely felt like a princess.
Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The only area that was tight was the bust/bodice. If you are busty or have wide-set shoulders, this may not be a good dress for you.
Leslie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4532
Mar 21, 2014
Truly elegant!
Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Sadly, because of the winter weather disruptions, this dress did not arrive in time for me to wear to my ball. However, you better believe I still tried it on once it did arrive! I will definitely be renting this dress again. It's a little more expensive than my usual rental budget but it's certainly worth it. Very unique and surprisingly comfortable - truly a show stopper! The slit is very high, as mentioned by previous reviewers. However, with proper awareness (and proper undergarments), it shouldn't be a problem. The bodice isn't quite as delicate as I imagined based on the pictures but it's still lovely. Hopefully I'll get to give this dress a real test-run at another event in the near future.
Brittany
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 126 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3433
Feb 18, 2014
Absolutely beautiful dress. Definitely runs small, so size up. Comfortable and flattering.
Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Wore this dress to a Southern wedding on an old plantation. Got so many compliments and felt super glamorous. It's a beautiful, unique dress, and it is very flattering, especially if you hate your hips, as I do mine. Unfortunately, the intricate buttons down the back are gone. There are just three buttons at the top of the dress, and the area where the laced up buttons would be is open. RTR should disclose this since the buttons are such a unique feature. The fact they were missing didn't ruin the dress for me, but I wish I'd known ahead of time. Dress definitely does run small. I usually wear a 2 or 4, depending on the designer, and I wouldn't have fit into this dress if it was any smaller. Overall though, I definitely recommend it.
Shelley
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Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160 lbs
Canonical User Type: 7534
Feb 14, 2014
So glam, so chic, so everything I wanted!
Size worn: 12L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was beyond beautiful. The sheer sleeves and top were GORGEOUS (and will be on any skin type). The bottom was so flowy that you felt like you were flying when walking. The slit was a little high for me, so I just used some tape to fix it and that worked out fine. I didn't wear a bra with it because of the built in corset and that worked out pretty well, too. Just make sure to do some adjustments on the internal straps as it was a little tricky to get into. Overall, a beautiful dress that I wish I could have kept instead of returning!! Also note, that the color is a very dark NAVY, not black, and the top is a very light tan/champagne color. I wore some nude pumps and that worked great. Had also considered gold pumps and they looked good, too. You hardly need any accessories for this dress, it's such a showstopper! Truly enjoyed!
Hannah
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 16
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2233
Feb 3, 2014
Its a unique, extraordinary dress
Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress was fabulous, it fit well but ran very long. I'm 5'7 and the regular length was a little long, even with 3" heels. The design stood out against all others and I got so many many compliments all night long. My favorite part of the dress had to be either the slit, (Beware: It is very, very high) or the slight train that ran behind. When you walked it flowed beautifully and I felt like a goddess. Overall its a great dress that makes you feel gorgeous with all its subtle, intricate details.
Karey
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Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3433
Jan 26, 2014
Absolutely stunning!!!
Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is AMAZING!! I ordered this dress for my rehearsal dinner and wasn't sure what to expect, but I literally was in love with it. I was stopped by over a dozen people that night to compliment me and ask about the dress. But beware... It definitely runs small. I normally wear a zero and it took two people to squeeze and button me into the 2R. But it was 100% worth it.
christine
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Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 122 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3434
Jan 15, 2014
Obsessed!
Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress is beyond gorgeous, I have never gotten so many compliments on any of my gowns. The slit on me was just right, it was high enough to be sexy but long enough not to cause any Britney moments. The dress definitely runs long, I'm 5'4'' and with 3 inch heels I still had to hold up the side all night. NOTE- unlike in the pictures the gown does NOT have button all the way down the back which was a major disappointment, it only has three at the very top. Still a gorgeous dress however without that major detailing I find it hard to justify the 300 rental price.
jessica
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 137 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3542
Dec 21, 2013
The dress was both literally and figuratively breathtaking
Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
So here's the skinny on this dress: if you are tall, it is amazing because it has a slight train in the back so it is plenty long. If you are athletic (I've been a swimmer most my life) and have lats, the waist is REALLY high-well above the natural waist on a tall gal-and difficult to close. It took a team of three to squeeze me into this thing. Mind you, I am thin, and in most dresses would wear a size 2L. So just be ready for that...order your regular size and a size up as your backup...if you're like me. Now for the upsides, this dress was GORGEOUS. The button up back was fully worth the effort that it took to get it buttoned...and unbuttoned ;) The embroidery was impeccable and stunning. The skirt was flowing and regal with an amazing sky high slit. Wax, shave, moisturize, because that leg will be on full display (one of my favorite things about this dress). The flowing movement of the skirt as you walk makes you feel like you stepped right off the runway. I love this dress and will definitely keep my eye on patricia dean in the future. I wish i had gotten better pictures of this dress, because it was TOTALLY elegant and beautiful beyond what you are getting in these pics...it completely fulfilled my expectations. I love rent the runway, the customer service is without equal and I will rent from this company again and again. Theres nothing like wearing a 2000 dress and paying a fraction of that!
Tiffany
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165 lbs
Canonical User Type: 6434
Nov 11, 2013
This gown made me feel so beautiful and elegant. Got complimented all night long.
Size worn: 8R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Very comfortable. I'm usually a size 8 and the 8r fit perfectly. The black and cream with the lace was perfect for my formal event. Truly made me feel like I was on the red carpet!
Shel
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170 lbs
Canonical User Type: 8644
Nov 4, 2013
Compliments Galore in this gown! Quality of gown exceeded expectations.
Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Pros: The color combination of champagne lace and navy skirting was just simply amazing. The fit was extremely comfortable. Surprised to find the 14L and 12L to be far too large. Unfortunately the 10L was already booked out to another customer. Now for the Cons: 10R on someone 5'9 wearing 3" heels was still just silly. I truly needed the 10L. There is a slip underpinning and it never felt quite secure. You will need an extra set of agile hands to get these buttons secured! Once my husband got the gown buttoned, the hook and eye came undone. It had arrived this way and I had just assumed it wasn't properly fastened once it was received in. I do believe now the threading has just come undone and will need to be properly looked into before it goes out for the next renter. The gown itself may not photograph as elegantly as the image above. Don't let that stop you from renting! I had people coming up and stopping me all night long to tell me that my gown was their favorite. I was worried I had chosen too conservatively but clearly that wasn't an issue! We were unable to get any full length photographs. In the second photo you can see my husband unbuttoning the gown to try attempt to fix the hook and eye on the underpinning, all smiles, this gown is GORGEOUS. **It should be noted this gown has a very high waist, think right below your breasts** My experience with RTR was 5 stars from start to finish. Customer service was excellent, fast, top notch and I will Rent the Runway for all of my events in the future.
Bridget
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4424
Oct 28, 2013
Stunning dress, felt like a modern day Grace Kelly!
Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
A little fitted in the bust area, but overall true to size.
Viv
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4523
Mar 26, 2014
Stunning dress, but runs small! Size up!
Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I typically wear between a size 2 and 4 depending on the designer, and in this case, the 2 was much too small for my ribcage. (So far in most of the dresses that I've rented from RTR, I've fit in the 2 with 4's as backups.) There was at least a 2-inch gap in the back, impossible to zip up all the way. I had ordered a 4 as my backup size, but for some reason, it was unavailable, so RTR sent me a random second dress of a completely different style. As gorgeous as this dress is in photos, I really wish I could've given this a 5-star rating, but due to fit, I have to give it 3 stars as my overall satisfaction with this order was disappointing. The long dress had holes along the seams, the bodice sagged since it's a soft-bodice and there are no shoulder straps to keep it up. The sagging was noticeable in flash photos so it was uneven under my bosom. The slit is very high, but not a problem so long as you walk with the slit in your grasp. The mesh sleeves and embroidery were fraying a little bit, but only noticeable if you looked closely. I still love how beautiful the gown is and think it's stunning - would love to try this in a 4R for a better fit. The dress I received was not the same one pictured on the site. Like other reviewers who have worn this dress, my dress only had 3 buttons on the back and was strapless. Not sure how a designer could have two variants of the same dress, but it's still lovely. I definitely think the full row of buttons would've been lovely and the straps may have encouraged a better, less-saggy wear. As noted in the product description, the skirt is a dark navy, not black like it appears on the model. Size up for this dress! It's one of the few RTR dresses where I couldn't fit into a 2 like I normally do.
Amanda
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4424
Mar 6, 2014
Very Small in the chest, but stunning in person
Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
The lace looks nothing like in the pictures, its much more gold. Also there are not buttons all the way up the back. This was my top choice gown when I ordered and also my top pick when it arrived until I tried it on. Only 1 size was available and it was the size I typically wear so i ordered it. I couldn't even get it zipped there was about a 2 inch gap when trying to zip the top. The bottom is lose and flowly but if you are blessed up to size up 1 or even 2 sizes! For reference I am a 32G though, so this could be the issue!
Brooke
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4433
Jan 30, 2014
I loved this gown. However, there was only 1 strap attached to the bodice.
Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress fit true to size but the bodice kept sagging because the straps were not there. Other than that it was a great.
Susan
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 69
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5631
Jan 25, 2014
The many compliments I received!
Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress is elegant. It is very long. I am 5'7" and had to hem it 4"! The embroidery on the bodice is much golder than the photo shows.
Pilar
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3424
Jan 8, 2014
Everything fit except my back wouldnt close! I am a 34D so was very surprise the chest was so small
Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I usually wear size 2 and 4 Women dresses. They did not have size 4R available as a back up so had to go with size 2R which chould have not been a porblem because usually if a dress size 2 is tight it woudl be in the hip area and this one has a flowy skirt so I did not anticipated a major problem. That was until I realized the back wouldnt close! I am a 34D bra size and the gap was like 2 inches apart and there was no way on earth I could get it to close :( so sad beacause this one my husband's first choice dress. Eneded up having to wear the backup design which turned out to be stunning too just in a different way. Beware and go a size up if you have breast!
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 8543
Jan 3, 2014
Gorgeous--but needs improving.
Size worn: 14L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
First off, this is a gorgeous dress and I got compliments all night. 10 minutes into the event, someone who was greeting everyone turned to me and said, "You officially win best dress of the night!" Fantastic, but my chest is being crushed by a-cup underwires built into this size 14 dress and I spent a total of two hours trying to camouflage the lumpy effect the underwire created on my chest area. The dress fit true to size, with the exception of the underwires which were clearly a design flaw, since the underwires didn't even match with the size of the ballet-tank-like under shirt that is built into the dress, below the gorgeous detailing. My chest looked flat and lumpy, thankfully, the effect was minimized by the detailed, gold floral detailing, but it was still uncomfortable and made me feel less-than-confident. If someone at RTR is reading this: please pull the dress and have the underwire removed (it doesn't need it!!) or redone so this dress is worth the expense and lives up to its potential. The rest of the dress: I wore a 14 Long, perfect on my 5'9" frame with four inch heels. Surprisingly, this dress is NAVY and GOLD, not cream and black, as the RTR photo suggests. I had to buy all new heels to go with the dress, which I wasn't expecting. The gold as a gold-meets-rose-gold look to it, and the navy is dark with a great sheen. You might consider buying costume tape for the slit, which is a little high, or taking a dark safety pin to the top of the slit, to give you a little more modesty, especially if you plan on dancing---which can result in an awkward moment where you may have done a frontal flash when your partner spins you. Just, you know...FYI. Also nice about this dress, the arms are generous--I've got more muscular arms and a surfer's upper body and I fit great in the 14. Overall, fantastic dress, but make sure RTR has fixed that underwire issue before you rent.
JJ
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 175 lbs
Canonical User Type: 7543
Dec 7, 2013
Chic and comfortable
Size worn: 10L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved this dress, and especially that it was easy and comfortable to wear. I wore a strapless bra which worked well. I am 5'10" and wore 2 inch heels. I could have gotten away with wearing 3 inch heels, too.
rh2988
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Canonical User Type: 4433
Dec 3, 2013
Beautiful gown for a black tie affair
Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This was the perfect dress for a formal winter wedding. Everyone told me it was their favorite in a wedding with 400 people. the dress is very full in the front and with the pleats, the slit wasnt too noticeable. The only con i would note is that the corset portion of the dress kind of sagged. It had two slots to attach straps to the dress but straps did not come with it. and once the dress was buttoned up (which was tedious to do), it was hard to adjust the corset portion. However, I fully enjoyed wearing this dress and found it very beautiful. The bottom is a deep navy color which goes great with the gold upper part.
Dace
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4424
Nov 11, 2013
Sexy classic.
Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I'm 5'2", 115lbs, 32DD, 26" waist and I had to size up to a 4R, this dress would have been perfect 4" shorter yes even with 3.5" heels on! The slit was really high, it showed up underwear so I got away with holding my dress shut as I walked since it was so long. The sleeves hit nicely and the built in bra was ok, I used tape to make sure it didn't slip off my chest through the night. I did notice in some pictures you could see the underwire and because of the netting I couldn't readjust it. Overall with some tweaking the dress worked out great for the event.
Toni
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 59
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5634
Nov 6, 2013
I wish I could have had the chance to wear it.
Size worn: 6L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress is absolutely beautiful. The skirt flows like no other. However, I was not able to wear it as it was too small in the bust for and the next size up was not available. The only thing I found daunting about the gown is all of the tiny little buttons up the back. You definitely need someone to help with the buttoning and zipper.
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