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David Meister

Phoenix Rising Gown

$80 rental
$675 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Set the room on fire in this gown by David Meister. It's gettin' hot in here!

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress very fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full 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 without a bra. We recommend fashion tape.
FABRIC Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Hourglass, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Size & Fit Notes

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

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress very fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full 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 without a bra. We recommend fashion tape.
FABRIC Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Hourglass, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

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Length Chart

Length Chart

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

Product Details

Red Jersey (100% Rayon). Strapless. Straight neckline with draping detail. Column skirt. Hidden side zipper with hook-and-eye-closure. Lined. Boned bodice. See size and fit tab for lengths. Made in USA.

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37 reviews

Fit
Small 3
True to Size 29
Large 3
Photos 23
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 126 lbs
Apr 16, 2014

Felt like a model!

Size worn: 2L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I am in love with this dress. I love the simplicity of the style and shape, and the bright red adds that extra sexiness to it! What's even better, it has a built in "corset" type wiring for the torso, so no need to wear a bra! Would gladly wear this again.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 22, 2014

Beautiful dress! Tall girls, order LONG!

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was a beautiful and I got a lot of compliments! Unfortunately, they only had the 2R available for my date when I ordered it so I got the 4L as backup. The 2R fit perfectly and was really comfortable but unfortunately was much too short. I ended up having to rig the 4L with a handful of safety pins, fashion tape, and a prayer to get it to stay up but it worked out and I felt great.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Apr 22, 2014

Do not rent if you are apple shape or short waisted!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This is a pretty dress but the inside bodice is not flattering at all if you are short waisted like me. I can imagine it would be a nightmare on an apple shape body. If you are hourglass like the model or pear shaped you will probably find luck with it. Also the jersey fabric will show EVERY flaw. Just FYI. I'm 5'10" and the long was a little short. I would have had to wear flats. But I usually wear a size 4 and the size 4 would have been the right size had the dress not been completely wrong for my body type.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Apr 27, 2014

Amazing structured bodice sucks you in!

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Wore this to a marine corp ball in Vegas! My date LOVED this look. Streamlined sexy w a draped yet structured bodice. What a well made gown! The inside has boning that goes from under your arms down to your natural waist, which creates a lovely hourglass shape w your hips and bum! The draping across the chest was beautiful and the ruching at the waist didn't have too much fabric so it made it slimming. One of my fave RTR dresses, def will be renting again!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100 lbs
Apr 28, 2014

Beautiful dress, lots of compliments! Do NOT get if you are a size 0!

Size worn: 2L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved this dress, but it was too big. I'm a size 0 or 00. Typically with any dress I buy I have to get it taken in in the bust and waist. Unfortunately David Meister does not make this dress in a size 0, so a size 2 is the smallest you can order. This was my first time using RTR so I figured it was worth a shot ordering the 2. RTR was amazing, my order shipped on time and I love that they send 2 dresses. The 2R was too short with my 5 inch heels, and the 2L was a little too long, but I ended up wearing the 2L. I had to safety pin the top to make it a bit more snug. Thank goodness there is a built in corset because that kept the top from falling down. Overall, the dress is stunning and the draping on the bust is beautiful. It was just too big for me. I wish they made it in a size 0.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 18
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
May 4, 2014

Built for Twigs

Size worn: 12R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is BEYOND unflattering. Anyone in a size 8 or up contemplating renting the dress, DON'T!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
May 11, 2014

Amazing first experience. Loved this dress and would wear it again. The color was gorgeous.

Size worn: 8R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Perfect fit true to size. Awesome dress!!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
May 18, 2014

Great dress to show off your curves!

Size worn: 10L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I had a snag with the order (the free back up size I ordered was never processed or sent), but thankfully I didn't need it since the 10L fit. If you're tall like me, definitely go for the L. I had on 2-3" heels and it was the perfect length. I got tons of compliments!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
May 26, 2014

Stunning dress!

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress is amazing! The fabric and cut make it super flattering, and of course the color is great. It's also quite comfortable and doesn't wrinkle easily. It does have a little bit of stretch to it, so initially I thought I wasn't going to fit into the size 2, but that ended up being perfect because it was tight enough that I didn't have to worry much about yanking it up all night. Great dress! I would definitely rent this one again.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
May 30, 2014

This dress is definitely a head-turner. People were flipping out over it. Very flattering and sexy

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The fit was great, the 4R is true to size and I had no problem with length wearing a platform pump. Nice that you can't see the shoes so didn't stress about matching them. One thing that you wouldn't get front the pix is that the bust is quite ample and structured with an undergarment. so no need for a bra and my C-cups did not even fill out the bust line. so this could be a good dress for larger busted. I really enjoyed wearing it - my husband said that the fabric was not very smooth looking in the rear so that was the only con. It's definitely got a more synthetic feel. Sadly the earrings I had reserved were returned damaged so couldn't be sent with the dress. Even when RTR said they were overnighting a replacement paid for next-day, the package did not arrive:(
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Jun 12, 2014

PHENOMENAL

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I absolutely love this dress. It runs a tiiiiiny bit big so if you're in between sizes I would say to order down. I ended up wearing my normal size but could have fit in the one smaller. I'm just under 5'4" and the regular was perfect with a 4.5 inch heel. I would recommend this dress for any fancy event ever!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 14, 2014

Just ok

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is just ok....kinda plain and blah if you ask me. I was hoping it would be a little darker red too. I ended up not wearing it because it was too short. Also, I think it's made for thin women. I'm a size 8 and it was very clingy.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 18
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Jun 23, 2014

prom

Size worn: 8L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
this dress was not what I was expecting. the material felt cheap and stuck to all my problem areas, many better dresses on this site
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 136 lbs
Jul 2, 2014

Such a stand out dress! Very Old Hollywood glam.

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Wore the 6R and it was a tight fit (in a good way) and hugged all the right places. The boning on the bodice part of the dress would bend every now and then creating a lumpy appearance, but it wasn't an issue. Wish the 6L had been available - with my 3" heels the length of the dress would have just skimmed the floor, but only the 6R was available so there were a few inches from bottom of the dress and the floor.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120 lbs
Jul 22, 2014

Excellent customer service!

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
Was accidentally sent the wrong second size, RTR couldn't send the correct one in time and refunded my money plus offered a discount on my next rental. That's customer service.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135 lbs
Sep 5, 2014

Great dress, but short!

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress for a formal wedding. I loved the dress and got lots of compliments, but will say that it ran pretty short -- even in kitten heels with the 4L, it was a few inches off the ground.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 140 lbs
Sep 19, 2014

I felt like a trillion bucks! get ready to receive TONS of compliments!

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress is phenomenal! It was suggested that it could be worn without a bra but I decided to wear a strapless for more support. My only complaint was that I had to pull it up on occasions but that was not a deal breaker. Loved every minute of wearing this dress. Bonus the color really pops! which is perfect for us Hershey kisses colored gals ;)
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Oct 3, 2014

Wonderful silhouette! Made me feel sophisticated and classy!

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress fit wonderfully! Fabric was heavy and skimmed my figure. Didn't need to wear a bra because the dress had enough support with out it. I'm short so I was worried that the dress was too long, but I wore my extra high heals and it worked out wonderfully. Received many commitments!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132 lbs
Oct 30, 2014

Shipped exactly on time, complimentary dress size, super easy return.

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I would say everything fit true to size except the bust. I am a 34D and still had to wear a bra. Other than that the dress fit like a glove and I loved it! Also the long size worked perfectly, even at 5'8" and wearing almost 4 inch heels, the dress was not short at all.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 133 lbs
Oct 31, 2014

I really loved this dress, I got compliments all night! I was the lady in red :)

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I really loved this dress. It was perfect for my gala. I really felt like old Hollywood with the striking red color, fit and neckline of the dress. Very good cleavage. The only thing I didn't like was: the top layer of fabric didn't cover the bottom layer of fabric so in the back you could see both layers of fabric exposed. It was also extremely wrinkled at the bottom. I had to steam the bottom right before I walked out of the door (and even still, some parts were still wrinkled) so that was a bit troublesome. One thing to note, it is snug around the mid section so I felt a bit chub in the mid area. Had to suck in a few times to prevent from showing lol.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Nov 9, 2014

Wore this for a black tie wedding. Definitely a showstopper and I felt like I movie star.

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
It fit like a glove when I zipped it up, and at 5'7" with 4.5" heels, the Regular length was perfect (as a back up, I also ordered the Long size but it was a bit too long because I planned on taking my shoes off at some point). The only thing that was annoying with this dress is that since I don't have a really big chest, I had to keep hiking the dress up all night. It didn't really stay in place.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180 lbs
Nov 9, 2014

Not a fan.

Size worn: 10L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was sent to me as an option since my original dress choice was not available. There are wires in the bust area which made the dress incredibly uncomfortable. I'm not quite sure if the wires were to support a larger bust size but either way, it was a nogo. On a scale of 1-10, id give it an overall 4.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Nov 12, 2014

I loved the neckline on this dress and received so many compliments on it.

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I ended up wearing the 4L because the 4R was just slightly short with my 4 1/2" heels, but I could have gotten away with wearing the regular if I had to. The only problem I had was that the wires under the bust had popped and dug into me if I moved the wrong way. The wedding was out of town or else I would have just tapped up the ends and it would have been fine. Overall I loved this dress and would rent it again!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 18
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112 lbs
Nov 13, 2014

THE RED IS EVEN MORE STUNNING IN PERSON

Size worn: 2P
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
It fit like a glove! I felt like a million bucks and received a ton of compliments. I was so happy that the 2p was the right length for any petite girl even with heels on. I was devastated when I had to send it back!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Dec 9, 2014

Amazing Dress!

Size worn: 2P
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This dress is great, very comfortable and flattering on and runs true to size. The petite might be a little short for someone who is 5'4 and wearing 4inch heels but it wasn't too noticeable. Recommend to rent!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 147 lbs
Dec 15, 2014

The dress was amazing! Fit perfect and I totally stood out!

Size worn: 8L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The waist was a little tight but thats because of the lining. Otherwise it fit true to size for me.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Dec 22, 2014

Beautiful Dress

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is stunning! The color is vibrant and the material is really elegant. I didn't wear the dress because I order the 4R and the 6R, but the previous renter returned the 6R damaged, so they couldn't send it to me. The 4R was too tight to wear for a elegant black tight affair; The 6R would have been perfect. The material stretches, but its not thick at all, I'm definitive renting the dress again, but will assure to get the 6R next time.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 128 lbs
Jan 20, 2015

Did not wear this.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This was the original dress I chose, but my size was damaged and not sent. The back-up size was though, and I must say I'm glad I didn't wear this. Both layers of fabric are very thin and even at 5'5" the regular length dress would've shown my shoes. The photo of the dress definitely looks better than it does in reality.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Feb 2, 2015

I wore this for a costume for Halloween. It was gorgeous...

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
It was elegant and worked perfect for me. I wish I had ordered the 8 for my fuller breast but the 6 fit perfectly on the body. I just felt it slipped down more often and potentially the larger size would have stayed better. But comfy and gorgeous.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Feb 24, 2015

Beautiful glamorous gown!

Size worn: 6L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Stunning gown for a formal affair! I received tons of compliments and I felt like a moviestar. Yes, even the size Long was not long enough for me (5' 8.5''): I wish it would have trailed the floor, but my shoes showed a bit. And yes, you must be fairly confident with your body in this dress as it certainly does show all. However, the draping at the waist and the concealed bodice are helpful in creating curves and shape. Overall super happy with this gown; there just is nothing like a long red dress!!!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 17
Body type: Pear
Mar 1, 2015

Super comfortable and fitted. A+!

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Love the smooth material and tight fit. Very flattering and received lots of compliments. I would definitely recommend this dress!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Apr 3, 2015

Unfortunately, I was unable to wear this dress.

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
Beautiful dress, when I ordered the 4 and read other's reviews, I was worried it might be too small. It was just the opposite, the top of the dress wouldn't stay up! Too bad, because it was very pretty.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 26
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170 lbs
Apr 21, 2015

The dress was stunning and super comfortable!

Size worn: 10L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wish it was a little longer but I am sure on most people it is fine! Would really recommend it!
RTR Customer
Age: 17
May 14, 2015

I felt like an old Hollywood model!

Size worn: 4P
Rented for: Other
I wore this for prom and was in LOVE. It hugs your curves in all the right places and then falls to the ground in such a graceful way. However with any strapless dress this was a "pull me up" all night, so consider investing in some fashion tape. Otherwise it is such a stunning gown, paired with gold and you're ready to have heads turn!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125 lbs
May 30, 2015

Red Carpet Ready

Size worn: 4P
Rented for: Wedding
Gorgeous dress! Felt amazing from the moment I put it on. Fit was beautiful and the length was perfect for little ol me. The color is such a vibrant red. Get ready to stand out and receive compliments all night. The padding up top was a bit annoying for a fuller bust, but does not take away from the dress.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145 lbs

Beautiful dress/color. Not the most flattering on my body though.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
DIdn't end up wearing because I liked one of the others I rented better, but this dress is a beautiful silhouette. Fits true to size. I order the Long because I'm almost 5' 7" and the Regular was unavailable. It was very long. I could have worn it only with VERY high shoes.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 115
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 105 lbs

Wore this to an Alice In Wonderland themed gala as the Queen of Hearts.

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
The sweetheart neckline and body-hugging contours gave this dress the perfect drama for dressing it up as the Queen of Hearts without being overtly costume-y. The downside was that my size wasn't available so this one ended up being soooo long. I was holding it up most of the night which made dancing a little less fun. It did stay up well and was surprisingly comfortable.
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