Charleston Gown

$55 – $75 rental
$365 retail
Stylist Notes

Shimmer from head-to-toe in this sequined Laundry by Shelli Segal open-back gown. The 1920s-inspired design looks best with a basic black heel and Eddie Borgo's Pave Zenith Cuff.

Size & Fit

This dress runs small. We recommend sizing up (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes (fitted at bust)
WAIST: Fitted, fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted, curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH:

Floor length, two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hemline (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hemline (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a nubra or no bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Hourglass, Athletic, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10").

Product Details

Black Sequins. (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Halter neckline with an open back. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. Sequin overlay. See size and fit tab for length. Imported.

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228 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(91)
Small
(50)
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
October 4, 2015
This dress is PERFECT for a Gatsby-themed party.
The dress was a bit on the small side, but I would still consider it true to size. If you are even the least bit tall, order the long version! I'm 5'8", ordered the 2L, and had to wear flat sandals, as the dress just barely skimmed the floor when I was barefoot. I went to a Gatsby-themed gala, and this dress was a perfect fit - and led to tons of compliments!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Age: 31
December 15, 2015
Beautiful dress, looks better in person. I was not able to wear it since it was damaged on arrival
The fit is true to size, very comfortable
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 32
December 23, 2015
It was a lovely dress! A show-stopper. Very sexy, but not revealing.
No stretch! Order a size up.
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 28
January 1, 2016
Loved the style of the dress and it fit the New Years Eve party we went to perfectly.
I think this dress is beautiful, but it did not do me justice. The band at the waistline was way too tight on my weirdly shaped rib cage. It was pretty tight, but the rest of the dress fit beautifully. The length was perfect and I loved the top of the dress.
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
May 3, 2016
Beautiful, beaded gown
This dress was fantastic. The fit was perfect. I normally wear a size two and it zipped up without a problem. If you are taller than 5'5 and plan on wearing heels definitely order the long. The dress is a little unforgiving in the tummy area but nothing a good pair of spanx can't smooth out.
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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 18
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
May 4, 2016
My dress fit perfectly! I couldn't have asked for a better dress.
Based on the online picture, I did think the brown would be a bit more noticeable than it really was. Other than that it was perfect.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 29
May 4, 2016
This Dress was a head turner, so many compliments
get the long, if you plan on wearing a decent pair of heels
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Weight: 150lbs
May 17, 2016
Gorgeous dress but received damaged
I have rented this dress before (the white version) and knew it would be perfect to wear to a formal evening, Gatsby inspired wedding. However, a large portion of the sequins in the center of the chest area was damaged and there was a hole in the overlay in the back near the floor so I was unable to wear it although I would have loved to! From trying it on, the fit was fabulous and very comfortable. How ever I do feel like it runs short because even though I rented the L size, my 3" shoes would have made the dress too short. (I did notify RTR about the damages so I assume it has been repaired or replaced for future use :))
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
May 18, 2016
I love that I was the only one wearing a long dress!
The length on the 'regular' dress was perfect with my 5'5" height and kitten heel shoes. The waist on this dress runs about a size smaller, with zero stretch, but everywhere else fit true to size. It really is flattering for curvy, or hourglass shaped women.
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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 39
May 19, 2016
Great dress. And so easy.
The dress fit perfectly and was so comfortable to wear. Highly recommended.
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 28
May 22, 2016
Loved this dress!
I wore this dress to chaperone a Gatsby-themed prom. It was perfect for the theme! The only thing I didn't like was that the liner kept twisting underneath the dress and showing through the side slit. It runs a little small, especially if you have hips or a larger bust.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
May 25, 2016
Gorgeous dress for a Gatsby themed wedding
I this dress was the perfect compliment for a black tie Gatsby themed wedding. The fit was great and I was comfortable all night. I received so many compliments and felt beautiful. I originally ordered the 2L with the 4R as my backup. I ended up wearing the 4R as the 2L was just a bit too tight for my comfort where the banded area is. The 4R also had a better length surprisingly enough. I wore 3" heels and it was the perfect length where I could walk without having to worry about it dragging or me tripping. Overall amazing dress that I danced the night away in. Highly recommend.
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Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
May 20, 2016
The awesome location!
This dress is beautiful! As others said, there is not as much of a contrast between the under layers and the sequins as the pictures would have you believe, but it still looks stunning. I got tons of compliments on the dress all night. I'm 5'9" and wore a 2L, but my feet were showing before I even put shoes on--taller girls should definitely keep that in mind!
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Size worn:
0L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
May 20, 2016
The dress made my engagement pictures a HIT!!!
This dress is GORGEOUS. It was perfect for my vision of Old Hollywood glam/Great Gatsby style for my recent engagement photos. The sequins are not overly gaudy - they seem the shimmer in the light! And the slit on the side is sexy but not too high. As others have mentioned, it is a big snug in the midsection, and runs a bit short. I ordered the 0L and 2L, and ended up wearing the 0L. I'm only about 5'5, but with my 4 inch heels, the regular would have been too short. The long worked perfectly! The midsection was a little tight, which is why I wanted the size 2 as a backup. The bust, however, is a big large for someone with a small chest, like me. I would have worn the 2L had the bust not been big on me. My advise is order a size up as backup, but if you are small in the bust, you may end up sticking with your usual size. It really is a lovely dress, and I highly recommend renting it!
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Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
May 21, 2016
Loved this dress. Wore it for a black tie work event.
Comfortable. Fit well. Easily worn with a strapless bra. Glad I got the long. It was even just a little short with regular 2" heels.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
May 31, 2016
Absolutely perfect dress!
I LOVED this dress! Even though it runs small and was just a little too small for me, it was still comfortable! Only a little bit of scratching under the arms from the sequins, it wasn't even noticeable once the event began! Definitely get the next size up as your second size. I had to pull it up a little to sit down comfortably, but again I think that was just because the size I wore was a little small. Highly recommend this dress! (I used my sister's account so the body info isn't mine, my info- 5'5", 38B, 145 lbs)
HeatherOctober 8, 2016
Did you wear heels or flats with the 8R? :)
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Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
June 6, 2016
Classy gown for a classy evening gala
I loved this dress so much! I chose the long dress option based on others recommendations and I'm so glad I did....with my heels it was the perfect length for me. The ribbon at the waist didn't allow for much give but the under fabric of the dress was much more flexible than I thought it would be despite being so form fitting. Perfect amount of sparkle without being too over the top. This was my first rental from RTR and I can't wait to order again for my next event!
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
June 13, 2016
Beautiful gown!
Very classy yet still sexy and form fitting. The cut out back is a great feature. The dress was cut a bit small around the hips.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
June 16, 2016
Gorgeous gown!
This gown is gorgeous! I wore it to an evening wedding, and received tons of compliments! The fit was perfect, and the design was very elegant. It photographs well. When you first put it on, the design doesn't seem prominent, but in photos it is a glamorous show-stopper. The length was perfect - I am 5'10". The mid-band might be tight depending on your shape/build (no stretch to it), but it didn't bother me. However, the sequins chafed my underarms a bit at first, but I used a Blisstick Anti-Friction Stick; it's for feet (when you wear uncomfortable shoes), but it worked under my arms too! Loved this dress! It comes in white too :)
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 49
June 18, 2016
I wore this for my company's Black Tie Gala that I won. Michael Bolton played for our crowd of 300!
I'm so glad I ordered the 6L, as it fits true to size. I also ordered the 8L b/c I heard they run small, but that was not the case with me. I felt fabulous in this gown!! The process was super simple and I will definitely use them again in the future! 5'7" 130 lbs 34C Slim
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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
June 27, 2016
Great dress!
I loved this dress, it was something I would have never picked out to wear but it fit like a glove and I looked gorgeous in it. I typically wear between a size 4-6 in a dress. I weigh about 135 pounds right now and wear a size 34DD. I decided to go up a size because of my breast and because I am curvy. If you have a butt, I suggest going up a size as the dress it tight in hip area. I also decided to go with a Long because I did not want my heels to show at all and wanted to the dress to hit the floor rather than end right above my shoes.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
July 5, 2016
This dress was amazing! It was very flattering and I received plenty of compliments.
This dress does run smaller in the bust portion. (I am a 32 DD and felt a little snug) but it hugged everywhere else very nicely. It is longer than I expected, even with my heels so definitely be ready with materials to hem it up a few inches. I found myself holding it up to walk, dance, etc. It is a beautiful dress, and I'm so happy that I got to wear it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
July 5, 2016
Don't forget the Spanx!
And I am not about the Spanx life, but this dress requires it. Something about the placement of the ribbon around the rib cage — it encourages a paunch, whether you've got one or not! I actually didn't think this dress was as WOW in person as it was on the site. As previous reviews will tell you, the liner fabric doesn't show through as much as the pics would suggest so it looks black-on-black. That said, its construction is more forgiving than you'd expect, in that it's got some stretch. I am pretty flat-chested, so no surprise it bagged a bit too much up top, but that is a minor quibble. I am 5'6 & wore heels no problem, though the dress didn't touch the floor. You have so few times in life where you can toss on sequins — I say rent this dress & just go for it.
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
July 11, 2016
Great dress, lots of compliments.
There was a seam coming undone on the left side of the dress when it arrived. It wasn't noticeable and I didn't think it was worth returning it for. Just wanted to pass that along to the team and couldn't find a better place on the site!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
July 16, 2016
Felt beautiful!
This dress was perfect for a black tie wedding! Photographs well. It doesn't have a lot of wiggle room so make sure you size up. The 10 fit me but I was more comfortable with the 12. I got compliments all night!
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Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Age: 50
July 18, 2016
PERFECT for my family photoshoot! The sparkle was amazing and I felt like a star.
The dress fit like a glove (in a good way)! The design of the back was gorgeous, and I'm glad the sides under the arms came up a bit higher too. My only issue was with the length. I'm 5'10" and the 8 Long barely covered my feet when they were bare--definitely not long enough with heels. Overall, LOVED the dress! My info: Age: 22 Height: 5'10" Weight: ~154 Bust Size: 34DD
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Size worn:
0L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 24
August 9, 2016
Great gatsby theme and the dress matched perfectly.
I'm 5'5" and the "long" was the perfect length. The dress was darker than I expected but the pictures turned out great and I got so many compliments on it! Highly recommended.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
August 11, 2016
Felt like a goddess
this dress was amazing, it hung to every curve of my body. i got a ton of compliments on it and would rent again. it was extremely comfortable also.
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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
August 11, 2016
I felt beautiful in this dress!
This dress was amazing. LOVED IT. I would say it runs a LITTLE small. i usually wear an 8 but i wore a 10 this day because its a little snug in the rib section. otherwise it fits like a glove. a little short with heels but i didnt care, still pretty. I got a ton of compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
August 15, 2016
This dress was gorgeous! It was beautiful online, but even more beautiful in person!
Although it was a little long (I am only 5'1"), it fit perfectly! I thought it looked brown online, but it is has a pretty tan/gold slip underneath with the black sequins on top. Gorgeous! I also didn't realize there was a slit, but it was very classy. I wore this for my sister's wedding and I received so many compliments on it. It was nice to feel beautiful during my speech!
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Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
September 1, 2016
The dress was beautiful! Absolutely loved it!
The fit was great! It was true to size and I loved it! It fit my body very well.
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Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
September 4, 2016
The design
Nice fit and dress stood out amongst others
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
September 6, 2016
Loved the dress - got tons of compliments and it fit great.
So I accidentally ordered a 0&2 instead of a 2&4 and had to eat light to manage fitting into the 2 on the big day, but nonetheless made it work. Fits true to size but could have been more comfortable in a 4.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
September 8, 2016
Standout Gala dress
Rent the Runway is my go-to for all my formal events, my college alumna gala was no different. I typically wear a size 4 long but had to settle for the 6 regular, but the fit was still great. The extra room in the size lengthened the dress a bit. I got a ton of compliments, and of course will be renting the runway again--already have my order placed for my next event!
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
September 15, 2016
It came just on time!
It looks beautiful in person, I'm 5.7 and I got 10L and it looked just perfect with (4 inches) sandals. The only problem was my hips, it was quite tied, but I was able to walk normally, Other than that.... I loved it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
September 17, 2016
High School Prom Chaperone
I rented this dress for a Great Gatsby themed high school prom which I organized as the class sponsor. I rented the two closes sizes 8L and 10R. The 8L was the perfect length but was a little tight while the 10R was a little on the short side and fit a little baggy up top. I preferred to have a longer dress to cover my heels so I went with the 8L. If they had an 10L I probably would have chosen that one for comfort. I loved the sequin overlay. However, the slip was a little longer than the overlay so I had to pin it up. Overall, it was a lovely dress and I received many compliments.
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
September 17, 2016
Amazing dress that guarantees compliments
I wore this dress to a black tie optional Great Gatsby themed wedding, similar to others who had the same type of event. As other reviewers said, you most likely may go up a size. The mid section is quite narrow, so that's something to take under consideration, especially if you plan on eating a lot. Even with 3 inch heels, the dress did not touch the ground, but it was close enough to get the full floor length effect so I wouldn't have to worry about people or me stepping on the dress. The dress was gorgeous and I felt so beautiful wearing it and it helped a lot that it was extremely comfortable to wear and move around in.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32AA
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 124lbs
September 19, 2016
Celebrated the 75th Annual Air Force Ball at Shaw AFB.
Fit: Blousy on top, tight around the bottom. I am 5'4", 124 lbs, a 32AA, and wear an XS or size 2 in most clothes. I did not fill up the top, so I had to wear a corset-like bustier to give the illusion of a figure. The bottom was very tight and was honestly a little bootylicious for me....although I didn't hear any complaints from my escort. Cons: Small-chested women might not be able to fill up the top Very snug on the bottom, causing the slit to gape Pros: Gorgeous sequins Comfortable Very well crafted Got a million compliments
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 107lbs
September 20, 2016
Beautiful evening gown
This dress was my backup, and it looked much better in person then it did in the photo. I didn't end up wearing it but it was absolutely beautiful. It was kinda baggy up top and a little loose overall but not enough to look bad on. Im a 32 chest 24 waist and 35 hip and usually a straight 0. Tried it on with 5inch heels and the length was perfect. So I'd say if you're trying to cut a rug and really go for dancing your butt off this would be a great choice because the material is nice and light as well. It looks like it's made very well and I would definitely rent this for another event. If your a super big chested girl this one will be good for you!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140lbs
September 20, 2016
Felt Like Daisy
I rented this for a Gatsby part. It was my cousin's 30th and I fit right in with the theme. It was very glamorous and true to the era. There was a slight bulge at the base of the zipper. I don't know if it was because I was short or what, but that would be my only criticism. Cheers old sport!
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