Marchesa Notte

Botanical Dream Gown

$125 to buy
$1,395 retail
Stylist Notes

Black tulle edges up this feminine floral gown by Marchesa Notte. Add a touch of shine to this black tie look with Oscar de la Renta's Blue Chic Ring and finish off with metallic heels.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 10.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room 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 has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Blue print silk and black tulle (60% Cotton, 26% Silk, 14% Nylon). Strapless. Straight neckline. Fitted skirt with tulle overlay. See size and fit tabs for lengths. Imported.

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28 reviews
Fit
Large
(1)
True to Size
(17)
Small
(3)
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
August 2, 2016
Beautiful gown. Felt like a princess in it.
It was a little tighter than most size 4's I've worn. But it was well worth the two weeks of not eating junk food.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Age: 34
April 26, 2016
A very whimsical gown.
It was very flattering.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 123lbs
April 6, 2016
Different!
This is not something I'd typically pick-- it's really splashy. But when I put it on it just felt right. Strapless dresses don't typically fit me (or rather, I hate yanking them up all night) but this was actually pretty comfortable. I even trusted it to stay up! However, as you can see by my pic, it did cause a bit of a chicken cutlet situation. But... Who cares. Women are humans who have bodies. God forbid we have armpits.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 33
March 2, 2016
gala
like all strapless dresses will want to slip down so size down
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
February 25, 2016
Beautiful, classy dress with a fun, spunky personality.
Wore this to a guild awards. Fit was great! A little roomy in the bust area for me, but wearing a strapless bra helped fill out the top. The tulle is a bit long, but I wore it with 4" heels and it kept me from stepping on it.
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 125lbs
February 10, 2016
Dramatic and unforgettable!
A dramatic dress! Loved the tulle but it needs tone steamed out. I loved this dress and was so glad my first choice wasn't available so I could rent this one.
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
January 15, 2016
noting
love the fit and got a lot of compliments
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 61
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 150lbs
January 14, 2016
This was a Mardi Gras bal with some great friends.
I didn't even think to get a good pic of me in the dress, but at least this pic will give you an idea of what it looks like in person. The floral under skirt is not as vivid as it appears to be in the RTR photo. The black tulle kind of muddies up the floral. And the tulle was a hot wrinkled mess when it arrived. I tried pressing it, but was afraid of melting the nylon, so I don't think my iron was hot enough to make much difference. That being said, I did still like the dress. The underskirt is pretty straight and narrow, but I still had plenty of room to walk. It wasn't too short for me in a pair of 3" heels, but if I'd been wearing taller shoes, it would have been too short. There are two zippers in the back, which I didn't notice. My husband noticed when he was zipping me up. I didn't have to wear a bra, and the dress stayed up nicely. It was very comfortable. In the past my shipments from RTR arrived in a corrugated cardboard box and were very nicely packaged inside and arrived unwrinkled and ready to wear. This shipment came in a fabric garment bag. I don't know if that was a factor in the way the tulle was wrinkled. It does make sense to use a reusable shipping package, but not if it means your garments arrive in need of pressing. Overall I was very pleased with this dress.
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 41
December 28, 2015
Ended up not wearing this - not as flashy as I'd hoped.
I ordered this dress because it looked pretty daring from a design perspective, but in person, it seemed almost like someone's old upholstery fabric covered over in black netting. The black netting and sequins were cool, but the fabric underneath was not as flashy as I'd hoped. And the length of the netting made it really hard to walk in.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 105lbs
December 3, 2015
Unique gown
I am normally a size 0 but gained about 5 lbs traveling. The 2 was quite generous so perhaps not as form fitting and flattering but I did eat as much as I wanted. The tulle was long in front which made it tricky to navigate.
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
November 5, 2015
fun dress very comfortable perfect New Orleans wedding outdoor dinner under the trees in a mansion
little roomy in the bust
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 48
August 17, 2015
Besides it being my sons wedding which was very eventful. I felt absolutely stunning in this dress.
The fit was perfect. i didn't find any cons. I loved this dress.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 48
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127lbs
June 15, 2015
I was told numerous times that this was the most beautiful dress of the night.
I rented this dress to attend a very formal, black-tie event with my husband. I read the reviews and wasn't sure what size I should order. I'm curvy and athletic. My bust is a 32DDD, but I have a very small torso and waist, with larger hips. Even though I have a large bust, in most dresses I wear a 2. If the dress is very form fitting without any give in the hip area, I usually wear a 4. This dress is fitted and has no give; The 4 fit me perfectly. I absolutely loved wearing it, and even though it was fitted, I had no problem dancing in it. It was really comfortable to wear. The tulle is beautiful, but long which made it easy to step on. I had read someone else say they pinned it, so that's what I did and I had no problem. I pinned two places right in the front that made the tulle the same length as the dress (floor length) and let the rest flow on the ground. It was perfect, and nobody could tell it was pinned. I received so many compliments on this dress. I was even told numerous times that it was the most beautiful dress at the event.
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 158lbs
June 10, 2015
Stunning Gown
This dress is very eye catching and extremely well made. It works well for a large bust. I'm barely 5'3" and 36DD, and it fit like the dress was made for me. I wore a corset bra for extra support and, despite my fears, it zipped easily. With 4 1/2 inch heels, the actual dress was the perfect length, and the tulle dragged the ground just enough to make me look graceful as I walked. Be careful with the tulle though, it tears easily. But if you lose a piece or two, no one will notice. I had the dress professionally steamed, so I did not have a problem with the tulle clinging from static as others mentioned. The lace around the middle made my waste look small. Overall, the dress is very flattering. If you want to stand out at a formal affair, this dress will definitely deliver a dramatic effect.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 53
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 114lbs
May 24, 2015
Pretty in the picture; Morticia Adams-y in person!
In the photos (and many others' reviews) this dress looked fabulous-- beautiful print, unusual design. On me, it felt and looked like something Morticia Adamas might wear. On a bad day. The black tulle was much more overpowering than in the pictures, and crinkled and bunched up in most unflattering ways. I tried to make it work but it was just too off. Fortunately, my backup dress was great.
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 134lbs
May 4, 2015
I felt like a princess; I received so many stares and complements on this dress. Rent this dress!
It was comfortable, I had no problems, except occasionally stepping on the chiffon fabric. I"m 5'4" and wore 4 inch silver heels. Was just beautiful. The bodice stayed up nicely.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 143lbs
May 3, 2015
This is a fantastic dress! I received many compliments throughout the evening.
The length was perfect. The dress is fitted through the hips. So the size 10 worked better for my curves. The top of the dress seemed a little big on me, but a nice strapless bra and body tape fixed that.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 114lbs
April 30, 2015
Loved it! Well made and glamourous
Very good fit. Don't even need a strapless bra. Not easy to use the restroom in, but other than that fabulous dress!! Beautiful print and love the black toule overlay...made the dress!
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 132lbs
April 21, 2015
beautiful dress, beautiful fit but really tight at top so make sure to take a size up
gorgeous dress, very elegant, black tulle is quite long so make sure to get very high heels.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
April 20, 2015
Fitted slip at hips; first strapless dress I've ever loved! Well-structured, well-made, gorgeous!
I usually steer clear of strapless dresses because my posture usually gets really bad because I'm worried about the top staying up. But then again, I've never worn a $100+ strapless dress before, let alone a $1000+ strapless dress. Turns out that high quality strapless dresses tend to have extremely well-structured corsets and if you get the right size, they stay up rather effortlessly! This dress grabbed a lot of attention and a lot of people loved it. When an asymmetrical dress that looks "crazily-made" succeeds in looking stunning, this says even more about the skill of the designer than for traditional and perfectly symmetrical dresses that look good, IMHO. I'm really impressed with this daring creation. Everything is done so carefully and with such wonderful fabrics, and I was able to comfortably wear this all day long.
AshleyOctober 28, 2015
was it long enough? I am 5'9' and worried because it doesn't come in a long.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 101lbs
April 8, 2015
Being with my husband.
I'm all of 5'1 on a good day. So the dress was a bit long on me even in inches of heels. The size four fit me wonderfully in the waist because even though I'm thin, I have some freaking hips, butt and stomach and there is nothing wrong with that. The top part was a bit big however, I order a bra to wear with it that never arrived ( not from this site ) and the fashion tape was useless, but I don't dance so keeping the girls in the dress wasn't much of an issue. The dress is absolutely freaking gorgeous and was perfect for a masquerade party, though we did forget our masks at home.
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
April 7, 2015
I attended a black-tie wedding and I felt glamorous in this gown! Definitely a unique dress.
I was expecting the "wow" factor when I first saw the dress, but it's more dull/dark than in the professional pics on RTR. The tulle dims the white and colors of the flowers underneath, and the tulle is very, very fragile and tears easily. I wore 4-5 inch platform heals (silver metallic as suggested by RTR) and occasionally the tulle would get caught in the heal when sitting. However, the dress is still stunning and unique and I received many compliments. The size 10 was true to size. The bust was a little roomie, but not enough room for me to wear a strapless bra and be able to zip the dress; therefore, I went bra-less and the dress was able to provide enough support. I found I was still able to walk around and dance with ease, but with needing to lift the dress and long tulle when walking up/down steps. The RTR customer support team was tremendous during my whole rental process, and they deserve kudos!
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
February 23, 2015
Whimsical & Romantic
I rented this dress for a formal family portrait. The print and colors are accurately depicted on the website. The dress fits true to size. I normally wear a size 4. I rented a size 4 and a size 6 because I was unsure how well the gown would accommodate 34D's. The size 4 worked out just fine in the chest area. The black tulle was a bit long for my height, even with 6 inch heels. Since I was only taking pictures, the extra length did not bother me. Overall, a very beautiful gown that served it's purpose well.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 110lbs
February 17, 2015
Not for the faint of heart. This dress = drama (as if you couldn't tell by the snapshot)
Love this dress. It is, however, quite the feat to pull off. While the fabric of the dress ends daintily at the ankles, the black tulle - which is absolutely formidable - lazes around on the floor. It makes for a graceful effect in a standstill photo, but it's a hard dress to walk around in ((at least for those of us that aren't fashion models)), let alone dance, and steps were a nightmare. The layer of tulle isn't a simple layer to lift, it's a multilayered endeavor. Having said all that, if you want a dress that makes a powerful statement and sets you apart from all the other girls in their LBDs - this is it! I wore this dress to a New Year's Eve party in DC and received compliments all night ((when I was standing still of course)). The fit of the dress is true to size - I'm normally a two and rented a two. The bust is a bit tight - don't think I could have fit a strapless bra underneath. All in all, great experience that I never could have bought on my own. Thanks RTR.
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Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
February 11, 2015
This was reserved for the Candlelighters of Brevard Have a Heart Extravaganza.
This dress was received as an alternate / extra to my original choice because the backup size wasn't available. Luckily the original dress I ordered in my 1st choice size fit well and I choose to wear it. However, I tried this dress on, as well. It was definitely a "little" tight in the midsection. I would suggest that anyone who wears it, go up an extra size to be sure. The dress is stunning but I felt like the tulle distracted from the beautiful fabric underneath.
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
January 27, 2015
I received numerous compliments on the dress! If was very comfortable to dance in.
The tulle was a bit long and it was helpful to pin it to avoid stepping on it.
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 45
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
January 26, 2015
This dress is very fashion forward and me feel like a million bucks!!!!
I am 5'4" and the regular length was perfect with 5 inch heels. It definitely runs small but initially felt tighter when I first put it on than it did after 30 minutes. The quality and style of this dress is amazing!
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
December 20, 2014
Very Breathtaking Gown!
I wore this gown to a post theater formal birthday dinner at The Russian Tea room in NYC. I am only 4'11" so I had to wear 6 inch heels, hem tape the dress up about 3 inches, and pin the tulle a little. I was more than prepared to put in the work to wear this beautiful gown. Average height women should have no problem, the tulle will fall beautifully around the dress. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a standout showstopper gown! I have nothing bad to say!
jennyJanuary 6, 2015
How did it fit you in the bust? I am also very slender and petite but a 32A. Do you think my bust would swim in it?
MarieJanuary 7, 2015
It actually fit well in the bust. I wore a slightly padded strapless bra and was fine through the night, no pulling it up. I'd suggest a padded strapless bra and you should be fine as well.
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