Gemma Gown

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Stylist Notes

Be a vision when you slip into this body-skimming Donna Karan gown. Shimmering and crimson, it pairs well with statement crystal earrings.

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: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: One length available. Measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6'').

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Red Matte Jersey (100% polyester). Strapless. Straight neckline. Fitted skirt with ruched detail and side slit. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. See size and fit tab for length.

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38 reviews
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
January 19, 2016
Full blown obsessed

This dress looks horrible on the hanger but comes to life on the body. Curvy girls: YOU WANT THIS DRESS. The price is beyond worth the experience in this gown. I have never felt more alive and sexy than ever. Dress has amazing stretch and the sequins do not itch the underarm. Perfect gown made by a true American Classic designer.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
January 27, 2016
Wowza!

This dress is absolutely stunning in person. It fits well, is long enough for tall ladies even as a regular length (pic is of friend who is 5'10") and is super flattering.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
December 30, 2015
Gorgeous dress, slightly funky fit

I was really excited about this dress because it's super eye-catching and glamorously sexy (hello, red, sparkly & bodycon), but the 2R was a little too short and big in the waist, so I didn't actually wear it. Luckily, my sister did, as seen here. Clearly it's stunning, but you can still see a little bit of the extra fabric around the waist that isn't visible on the model. I'd probably recommend sizing down!

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
May 11, 2016
Beautiful dress.

This dress is gorgeous in person, however I did not choose this dress for my event. It was rather loose in the bust and even with five inch heels it dragged on the ground. I also found the sequins to rub under the arms.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
August 16, 2016
Felt like a bombshell all night!

Seriously didn't want to give this dress back! It had the WOW factor for sure! Fit like a glove and hid all my imperfections. Everywhere I went I felt people staring at this dress!!!!!

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
November 5, 2016
Very comfortable gown for military ball

I am 5'9" 165lbs 34ddd and a size 10. The 10R fit perfect with room to spare. A little short but not horrible. I wore 3" heels and just tugged the dress down a bit. Strapless bra works perfectly with this dress. Sequins are not itchy and the gown is very light weight. Beautiful in photos. A bit ho-hum in person.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
November 13, 2016
Gala chairs

Comfortable dress. Easy to dance in it.

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
December 13, 2016
Almost 6 months pregnant in this killer dress

Wore this to a holiday military ball while pregnant. I got so many compliments on this super bump-friendly dress! It was hilarious how many women took pictures hugging my baby bump & random people asking me to touch what they thought was the "cutest" belly. I felt so loved and beautiful in this number ! I think my accessories "made" a lot of the look- but this strapless gown was so comfortable and glamorous. I almost wore the 4R but found the 6R to be much less bunching around my baby belly & the zipper went up easier. I recommend renting & wearing a fur bolero with this as I was quite chilly during the dinner (I'm always cold). But definitely rent this dress and accessories (unfortunately hair fascinator was my own) - you'll look like a goddess! * I'm 5'7" and wore flats for comfort because I'm pregnant. So glad I did because my dress didn't drag and I avoided sore feet! 5 stars

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 21
March 7, 2017
Beautiful dress

Really flattered my petite curves!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
March 26, 2017
Great Dress!!

The elastic was well worn on the top so it was a bit loose. If you are smaller chested this may be too big if you are a 32. But amazing dress. Loved it and it photographs great!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 24
April 23, 2017
Absolutely stunning gown!!

This dress was perfect for my formal! I usually wear a 0 or 2 in dresses, but this dress does run small. It is very slim fitting. It was a bit long for me, but with heels it was great! Love love love!

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
May 5, 2017
Beautiful dress, didn't fit right.

Loved the dress! Felt sexy as soon as I put it on. The sequins are subtle yet catch the eye. The only thing I didn't like was the ruching in the middle across the waist. I returned without wearing to my event, but would rent again for a different occasion.

Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Age: 42
December 3, 2017
I felt like Jessica Rabbit all night!

My original pick was not available at the last minute - and the dress that was sent in its place was awful. RTR was amazing - they gave me a "price is not a factor" opportinity to choose any dress that was available for my event date, no extra cost or additional shipping. I chose the Donna Karan Gemma, and was not disappointed - it was a bit more va-va-voom than I would normally go for, but I decided to live it up and go for it. Compliments and stares all night long - and my partner adored it. Two days later, he's still talking about it! My only caveats about this dress are that you definitely want to wear a strapless dress to avoid the dreaded shelf-boobs. Also, the sequins do get a little itchy under the arms, but nothing unbearable. The leg slit is also very short - you can't take a full stride and will need to walk carefully. I found that sitting for long periods tended to skew the zipper; I just checked it whenever I visited the ladies' room - not a big deal.

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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 55
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 161lbs
December 10, 2017
The Perfect Dress

This dress! If I owned it, I'd wear it every day. The 10 fit but was slightly tight so I wore the 12 - it was slightly big so I wore a strapless bra. It's comfortable. Feels great on. Length was perfect. Listen: if you have a special event, you must rent this. If you don't have an event, rent it anyway! The dress is so magical, it's like it came out of Harry Potter.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 9, 2018
Old Hollywood Glam

Dress is very high quality and amazingly comfortable. It makes a huge impression, get ready to be the center of attention. Not for the shy at heart. Loved it, wish i could own it.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 55
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
April 23, 2018
Awesome Dress!

This dress was a little big in the waist but runs smaller in the top. The dress is a gorgeous red and photographs well! I got lots of compliments all night and did not want to send it back! I'd definitely rent it again!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
May 24, 2018
Perfect Prom dress

I ordered this dress last minute when one of my other items became unavailable. I was so worried that it wouldn't come in time but it arrived and fit perfectly. It's true to size, but stretches to fit your figure. It's flattering and VERY comfortable. I spent all night dancing and having a good time, looking and feeling great.

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
October 14, 2018
In a room full of beautiful women in beautiful gowns, I was the head turner!

This dress is absolutely beautiful! I wore it to a formal party sponsored by my company & I got compliments all night. It was very comfortable and had some stretch to it. I am usually an 8 but I was concerned about it being too tight in the chest so I ordered up, I'm sure the 8 would have been just fine. I will order this dress again...I'm totally in love with it!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 30C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
October 28, 2018
Stunning dress!

Fit perfectly. I was worried that the length would be too long, as I'm only 5'3", but with heels, the dress grazed the floor beautifully. There was a best-dressed contest the night of the event... I didn't win, but many people came up to me saying I was robbed. You will LOVE this dress!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Age: 35
December 7, 2018
Every time I order from RTR, it's on point every time. The size, the fit, the delivery, the cost.

The for was perfect. I based the dude on the chat and the other girls sizes and reviews.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
December 17, 2018
Very pretty but not my style

Rented as a potential black tie wedding outfit, it looks nice but is just too form fitting for my own comfort and style

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 11, 2019
Stunning!

It is a stunning dress. It's so easy to wear, and very comfortable. I probably could've worn a 6 even though I'm typically an 8 (which this dress was). I say that because I had to keep hiking the dress up in the back so it didn't show my strapless bra. Other than that, a show stopper.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132lbs
August 11, 2019
So sparkly and comfortable

Fits true to size, I am usually wearing a 2 and ended up ordering the 4 because it was the smallest size available. It still fitted well, but I can imagine the 2 would have been a bit more forming. All in all a dress you will stand out in, comfortable to dance and sit. Mini cave-at:the sequins can start rubbing under your arms after a while.

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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Age: 41
November 2, 2016
I wore this for New Year's Eve...and I was 5 months pregnant.

The dress has quite a bit of stretch to it, go down one size. I ordered a 10 and 12 since I was pregnant and wish I would have gotten the 8. Was probably a 36D in the bust at the time and was tugging on it just a bit. Definitely recommend this number...

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
December 19, 2016
Rented for a winter formal black tie

I rent the 10R because it was the only size near my size that was available. Sadly it was too big. at 5'11 i was happy with the length. Wouldve needed the 8 or even the 6, there was that much room in the 10. The dress is heavy with thick material that flatters. Felt a little like a beauty contestant.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 44
Bust size: 32G
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
January 15, 2018
I hadn't a care in the world and I danced the whole time!

There is a lot of give, which is why you can size down. I have an hourglass figure, and it was a killer dress for me. Formal affair and I think I was the only person in red.

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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
February 17, 2016
This dress was a godsend! It fit like a glove, and I got compliments all night!

Pros: If you are curvy it will hug your curves and make you feel like a goddess. Cons: Make sure to get a spanx if you have any bits you want to smooth out, because it clings.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
April 13, 2016
Beautiful!

This is a beautiful dress! Bump friendly and glamorous! It does fall a little short -- I'm 5'10.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 122lbs
July 12, 2016
Amazing dress.

I loved loved this dress. I rented it for my 40th birthday party. Dress to impress! The fit was amazing. It was SUPER long, even though I used hemming tape to hem the bottom temporarily about 3-4 inches, it still kind of dragged (with 3.5 inch heels on) but this is understandable because I am short! I had SUCH a blast in this dress!

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
September 10, 2016
Absolutely stunning!

I rented this dress for a photoshoot session. The dress is vibrant and sparkly and looks absolutely stunning both in-person and in photos. This dress definitely made my shoot a huge success! This dress is very stretchy. It hugged all of my curves and made me look curvier than usual. 4R was a bit tight above my bust, so I also tried 6R. 6R was more comfortable, but 4R looked more fitting. Since this was for a photoshoot, I went for looks than comfort and chose 4R. If this was for an event where I had to wear this for several hours while moving around, I would have chosen 6R instead.

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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Age: 49
December 5, 2016
Amazing dress!

I would say the dress fits true to size. With a sleeveless dress, I normally go with a size 4, but it wasn't available. The dress had a little give (Thank God!), so it worked out perfectly.

Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 43
Bust size: 38DD
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165lbs
February 2, 2017
Fabulous dress for a fun event.

This dress hugged all the right curves and fit like a glove. I was a little nervous to rent it. I normally wear a 12 on the top and 6 or 8 on the bottom...so, I went with a 10...and it was perfect. I had so many people compliment me at the party I attended too. The dress had some stretch to it, so it's perfect for bigger busted but smaller waisted women. Wish I could buy it...it was that fantastic!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
February 9, 2017
I am usually not a sparkly kind of girl but this dress was perfect. Lots of compliments.

I am 5'7 and weigh approximately 120 pounds. I rented a size 2R and wore with 3 inch heels. measurements are 34-24-36 Hope this helps

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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 66
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
November 6, 2017
this dress makes you feel like all eyes are on you !! Fabulous !!!

It does run long.

Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
November 22, 2017
The event was a Firefigthers fundraiser.

Fit was good, not too tight, strapless but the top held up nicely without needing any adjustments throughout the night. Was able to accommodate a strapless bra and spanx comfortably. Ruching in the front hides imperfections, and provided a slimming effect.

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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 117lbs
April 22, 2018
I felt like a princess

This dress was very comfortable and the material was a little stretchy so I didn't feel trapped in it. I was getting compliments all all night about the dress. I did not wan to return it!! It is a very form fitting dress so I had to wear seamless underwear. I am 4"11 and the dress was a little long even in 4 inch heels but it wasn't too bad. I would 15/10 rent again! My original backup dress was damaged so I was told by RTR that I could order another dress at no additional charge so I chose this one!!! I love love love this dress and had people coming up to me days after my formal telling me how pretty I looked!

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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Age: 29
July 12, 2018
I felt so beautiful in this dress!

I absolutely LOVE this dress!! It made me feel super sexy and glamorous, but I was still very comfortable. This dress will hug your body in all the right places, but it's stretchy, so you won't feel suffocated in it. If you're looking to drop jaws and break necks all night long, this is the dress for you!!!!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
October 24, 2018
Gorgeous gown for right build

If you're over 5.7 - 5.8, you need the long and if you don't have a full B/C cup, don't bother with this dress. I'm very tall and thin and have been wearing a 6 in most dresses that don't stretch and found that there was ample room in the 4, in fact if you've got booty it's great. Otherwise there was rouching that I'm not sure was intended to be there. The sequins on this gown are to die for, they're subtle but not blingy. I wanted this dress to fit so badly, but it did not. for reference, I'm 5.9 and 135 pounds and ordered the 4R and it was plenty big (almost too big, but def too short). Good luck!

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