Giambattista Valli

Jessa Dress

$3,395 retail

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Stylist Notes

Mix-and-match in this unique Giambattista Valli sheath. Pair it with leather boots for a fall look.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 38 - 46, Italian sizing.

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: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black crepe (90% Virgin Wool, 10% Cashmere). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Hidden side zipper. 35” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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21 reviews
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(0)
True to Size
(7)
Small
(3)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
38
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Body type: Petite
July 18, 2016
Gorgeous detailing - a memorable look!

The embroidery / lace detailing on this dress is fabulous. It was almost too pretty to put on! I found the head opening pretty snug but appreciated the thicker fabric for smoothing and holding everything in. Because the dress is so unique - it's a little tricky identifying the appropriate occasion to wear. I ended up wearing to work for a formal presentation. This dress could be a good wedding or cocktail party candidate.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 143lbs
July 27, 2016
Extremely beautiful!

I would have loved to wear this. It didn't zip. I wish I had sized up. The fabric is of such high quality and the pattern is lovely.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
40
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
September 2, 2016
Unique florals & colors

I top was very snug and the zipper was hard to zip up. I ended up wearing a cardigan over it since I felt it looked snug on top. The material is great however it is not very forgiving and it is very snug. I felt like it ran small and I would definitely size up if I ever decide to rent again.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
46
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
October 28, 2016
Tight on top, but I have a 36DD chest Heavy fabric. Thick and hot!

Great length Heavy fabric Hot Does not breath Zipped is hard to maneuver even with room Great detail Superb fit

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 53
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
November 24, 2016
My favorite rental in 12 months!

Absolutely stunning fabrics, fit and style. Understated head turner. I wore this for Thanksgiving dinner and was comfortable and very happy with this choice. It will be very hard to let this one go back.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
42
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34DDD/E
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
January 14, 2017
Awkward but pretty

I wore this on an ABC segment. It was definitely a pretty dress with beautiful, thick material. But it was so light in the stomach area that it created an optical illusion to make me look bigger than I am. Tight in the bust. I wouldn't recommend for a hot day either as it was heavy.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
46
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
January 14, 2017
Pretty and comfortable

I got this with my unlimited membership. I thought it was a good day to evening dress. It's a thick, soft almost knit material, very comfortable. I wore tights under it and the pink area showed the subtle line marks of my tights line (kind of like an underwear line) which was the only critique. If you have a bigger chest consider sizing up...it fit me ok in the chest but would have preferred more room and because of the embroidery there's little give in that section. Despite my critiques, I got a TON of compliments on it and did feel very feminine.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
April 23, 2017
Beautiful, but very small.

I rented this dress for a cocktail party and received a ton of compliments! The detailing is gorgeous, but because the fabric is on the thick side it probably works best as an early spring dress. I would definitely rent this dress again, but I recommend ordering two sizes up. I am typically a 4, but I couldn't get it over my head! I ended up wearing an 8, which fit me perfectly.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 14
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 190lbs
May 6, 2017
Spring flowers

Perfect dress for spring, the lace on this dress is beautiful- would definitely recommend!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
40
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 7, 2018
Pancaked my bust

You will get compliments from people that never compliment you. It runs a little small in the busy, So if more than a C, size up. This dress would be too short for work if you are over 5'5". It is heavy but moves well.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 113lbs
November 17, 2018
Ugh

I could not close it due to bust size. It is extremely tight. I honestly don't think it is flattering at all. The one area it should hide on me is the one area it features. My tummy. The material is nice and thick. Colors are an odd combination. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
October 28, 2016
Pretty dress - go up a size

Didn't end up wearing - was a little too light in the hips. I would suggest going up a size. The detail of the dress is gorgeous. Shame I couldn't wear.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
February 28, 2017
Heavy fabric, nice office length.

Ran so small in the chest I couldn't wear it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 132lbs
April 14, 2017
beautiful detail, very heavy material

The zipper is very hard to get up. If a zipper presents that much of a challenge; I just won't wear it. The detail on the dress is beautiful. The pale pink mid section doesn't do much for the waist and the material is very heavy. Not suitable for a warm weather or outdoor event. I ended up not wearing this dress at all.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
April 24, 2016
Very heavy material and the flowers cut on the diagonal make hips seem larger

This dress was sent when the back up size of the dress that I had rented was unavailable. The dress that I rented was dressier. The dress is made of a very heavy material; and the cut of the flowers on the diagonal make hips seem larger than they are. Very well constructed.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
July 25, 2016
This dress is gorgeous! I got an unbelievable amount of compliments. Would rent again.

The side zipper was hard to zip up, ended up not needing to unzip. The detail is beautiful, very heavy fabric. Loved everything about it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 65
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
August 12, 2016
Beautiful dress, very well made

This fit very well, and it flattering. Material is heavy, and the mix of fabrics is interesting.

Size worn:
40
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Age: 27
November 8, 2016
Beautiful!

I wore the equivalent of a 4 and it was a *bit* loose but perfect for work. It is so beautiful and fun to wear! Can be dressed up or down. You can tell it's high quality couture. I loved it! 5'6 - 110lbs - 32DDD

Top Contributor
Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
April 2, 2017
This is the dress I didn't want to return - great for day (w/jacket) to evening / cocktail

Very fitted sheath dress - thicker knit sweater material - fitted at the hips - I show a pic of the full dress length and then of the dress with part of the pink portion tucked into/under the top portion to shorten the dress a bit which I thought looked better. Even with a zipper on the side I was able to tuck it around the whole way. It's really beautiful embroidery with floral patterns; you could even wear it to work with a suit jacket over it and then transition from work to evening cocktail wear.

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Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 124lbs
August 7, 2017
Lovely dress

Great dress, the fabric is thick and slightly stretchy. Very sophisticated look.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
September 25, 2017
pretty dress !

great pattern and comfortable fit

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