Marchesa Notte

Navy Illusion Dress

$795 retail

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Stylist Notes

This Marchesa Notte dress stands out from your usual styles with its tonal blue hues. Its alluring illusion neckline lets the material beautifully cascade down from the neck. Pull your hair back in a sleek bun to show off this style that is the pinnacle of fine craftsmanship.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-14

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes (fitted at bust)
WAIST: Fitted, fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted, fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Hourglass, Athletic, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow, Full Bust body types
(Model's height is 5'10").

Product Details

Blue silk faille (70% Cotton, 30% Silk). Cap sleeve. Crew neckline with gold yoke thread-work. Full skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Partially lined. 41" from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 134lbs
January 31, 2017
Beautiful dress!

This dress received lots of compliments and fit great! I had to wear a bandeau bra underneath to minimize cleavage for a professional event.

Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
February 6, 2017
the process was seamless

I loved this dress so much and got so many compliments. Very flattering and fit true to size. The lace detail is gorgeous and the color is perfect. It was hard to send it back lol #gardenparty #cocktailparty

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 185lbs
February 14, 2017
Beautiful embroidery

Love this dress! The detail on the embroidery is outstanding and the dress is just so beautiful. More comfortable than it looks even with the stiff tule lining the inside of the skirt. There isn't much give in the fabric and it does Run true to size. Had no problems going from dinner to a walk around downtown and even climbing up into a carriage. The full skirt makes it easy to move and the bodice isn't too tight. You do need a strapless bra to not show and it helps to have one that's a little low in the back. Felt like a princess all night and did not want to take this off.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
March 6, 2017
Gorgeous detail

This dress is beautiful! The detail on the entire dress is stunning. Didn't end up wearing it.. it is a bit long, and the top see-through detail was a tad big, so it looked a bit awkward on me.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 57
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
March 7, 2017
Tried the dress on in the store but I didn't wear it

Will rent this dress again beautiful fit I just didn't have time to wear on vacation Love the dress

Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
March 16, 2017
Made me feel beautiful all night!

The fit is true to size and I loved the slight hi-low style of the skirt. The detailing throughout the dress is amazing and the dress itself is very comfortable; I was in it for 7 hours and never wanted to take it off. If you have a chain on your handbag you might want to rethink your bag because mine got stuck in the detailing of the dress.

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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Body type: Hourglass
March 27, 2017
GORGEOUS!

The detail in this dress is stunning! I received a TON of compliments! I have a larger chest so I had a good bit of cleavage, but it was still classy with the sheer coverage over the chest.

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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 61
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
April 2, 2017
My daughters best friends wedding!

Fit well and true to size. Plenty of room to dance and loved the length! Fun dress and got lots of compliments from the young women!

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
April 3, 2017
LOVE the dress! Detailed and elegant

The dress is not too short or too long. Appropriate for any special event. Great for petite girls like myself who always has a hard time finding a dress that doesn't have to be altered in length. The top of the dress is my favorite part. Detailed stitchings with room for some cleavage. Sexy but not over the top.

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
April 4, 2017
This dress is beautiful and was so much fun to dance in!

This was a great dress for a March wedding in Chicago. I found that the sheer top fit better in a smaller size.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170lbs
April 7, 2017
Comfortable and classy

Beautiful dress. I rented to wear to dinner and a show and it was just right. Sizing is forgiving - doesn't "run large" as much as I was able to wear my normal size, go to dinner and still sit through a show afterwards without feeling squeezed. Does have a lining but it is not sneakily pencil cut like in some dresses. Great for pear, but I suspect also good for everyone.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
April 10, 2017
Perfect fun and formal dress for the occasion!

This dress was true to size and was a great fit. I loved how it flared out at the bottom and gave a pretty effect in some of the pictures from the evening. People provided lots of compliments. It's a very pretty twist on a navy dress that allowed it to stand out. I expected the illusion portion to be nude, it's actually darker than I expected but was still very pretty. Overall I'm so happy I was able to rent and wear the dress for the party!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
April 15, 2017
Gorgeous dress!

Wore this to my brothers wedding and couldn't be happier. My fav dress from RTR by far. This was extremely flattering and fun to dance in. I was nervous about it since I'm 5'2 and a 32DD with the mesh. It worked with a strapless fine. It laid nicely and was comfortable. The embroidery is absolutely stunning and high quality. This dress works for any season due to the light navy color and light blue details. I received a ton of compliments.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
April 17, 2017
Very pretty

The 4 fit me better than the 6, and the embroidery detailing is beautiful with a hint of shimmer. I didn't end up wearing this dress, but I rented it for a wedding. The hemline is very flattering.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Age: 37
April 26, 2017
Perfect Short Black Tie Dress

Loved this dress!! Perfect for a wedding. Got tons of compliments. A bit scratchy under the armpits over time, but not enough to deter me from renting this again!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
May 1, 2017
Elegant and Flattering

There were some obvious signs of wear with the dress being embroidered...but it was still the perfect dress. It was just the right size, I was nervous it would be small in the bust for my 36DD. I received to many compliments. The way the skirt lays I wasn't self conscious or my stomach area at all.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 56
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120lbs
May 6, 2017
Bridesmaid dress

This dress is definitely my favorite dress I have rented. It is more gorgeous in person than pics. I wore the size 10 cause of my chest, but the 8 would of been fine, just showed more cleavage. The dress has a little tulle under the bottom part that needs to be played with, but it's easy. Not a heavy dress, can be wore in all 4 seasons.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 165lbs
May 8, 2017
Gorgeous Detail!

Great fit, great style. Poofy style dress which was enough for the event we were attending. Illusion neckline was a little scratchy but overall okay.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
May 16, 2017
Beautiful fit and flare dress

It was comfortably snug around my rib cage, fit well around my chest, and was flow-y around my hips. It shows some cleavage but the mesh keeps it modest. The bottom layer of the skirt came to the top of my knee and the top layer came to the bottom of my knee. So many compliments!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
May 23, 2017
Very pretty dress

Everything was great about the dress, except it ran a little bit larger than I expected. So It was a little loose near the neckline and I showed more cleavage than I wanted. But overall the design and embroidery of the dress is stunning. Would have been a five star rental if it fit my body a little better. Overall beautiful dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
May 24, 2017
Lots of compliments; fun to wear

I wore this as a guest to a late afternoon / early evening wedding. It is very striking; the fabric has a lot of body and movement, and the cut is very flattering. The metallic embroidery is subtly and not overtly shiny. I'd say it ran true to size; I wore the 6 because it was body skimming and then began to flare above the waist. If the flaring began any lower, I 'd need to have worn the 8. I paired it with semi-matte silver shoes and purse, and antique aquamarine and silver jewelry. I didn't wear a bra; put on some "lifting tape" and that did the trick. A bandeau or strapless bra would likely have been fine, too. The only hiccup to this dress is that folding and shipping are not its friend. The fun flare is supported by a crinoline and horsehair braid underskirt. Those were crushed and flattened when it arrived, and the braid curled in uneven clumps. Some of the clumps then made a portion of the skirt stick out unevenly I tried light hand pressure to even it out with only some success - at least some of the bumps were gone. Just dance a lot so the skirt is always swaying a little bit and it's not noticeable!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
May 30, 2017
Beautiful, intricate, elegant and fit perfectly!

I usually wear a size 4 (even in other dresses from same designer) but the 2 fit perfectly. The only place it was a little tight was on the edges of the cap sleeves. I wore the dress to a swingers ball and was able to just fold the cap sleeves under for dancing. Fun to have a modest amount of body in the skirt part. Love the intricate detail. Received lots of compliments!

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
June 4, 2017
Not exactly what I expected

The fit was true to size and looked very beautiful on top. The lace and embroidery was stunning. Unfortunately I did not end up wearing though because the skirt of the dress just fell flat and stuck to the underskirt in a very weird fashion. I tried playing with the underskirt to get it to hold a fuller shape but it kept twisting and falling flat.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
June 4, 2017
Not for me.

This dress was beautiful, with an intricate, shimmery detail (real shimmery), but it was too big. It also felt too long, and didn't have the same hi-lo effect on me as it did the model. Obviously, I am not shaped like the model, but it just looked and felt frumpy on me.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
June 8, 2017
Pretty floral lace

I love the silhouette of this dress and it's skirt. It has and added flounce and bounce thanks to horsehair hem. Also the fir of it is just right. Would definitely consider renting again!

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Wedding
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Weight: 165lbs
June 12, 2017
Maybe not for big busts?

I won't lie here. I had gained some weight but still fit comfortably in to my size 12 jeans. I suppose my band size had increased and my cup size has always been D. Maybe if I had a better strapless bra, this would have looked nicer. But with my chest size it didn't give me great looking cleavage. I definitely recommend a good strapless bra.

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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
June 14, 2017
Stunning Dress

I loved this dress! It fit well and was perfect for the wedding I attended. The fit was true to size and was comfortable. There wasn't a single dress like it and I got so many compliments! My only issue was that the tulle underneath the dress was a little itchy.

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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
June 14, 2017
Great rehearsal dinner dress!

I got so many compliments on thus dress and it is so flattering on. It was the perfect dress for a somewhat formal rehearsal dinner but wasn't over the top. I will absolutely rent this dress again.

Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
June 18, 2017
Gorgeous, flattering and comfortable!

Love this dress! The fit was great - I ordered the 8 & 10 and ended up wearing the 8. It is just the right length and worked with my longer torso. It was a beach wedding and then indoor reception. The dress worked perfectly with both. I would have loved to dress it up with some heals but felt sandals were a better choice as to not go to formal. If you are on the fence about this one - don't be - it's amazing!!

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 57
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 128lbs
June 27, 2017
Perfect dress for a (step ) Mother of the bride .

Easy to order , when I had questions RTR was easy to communicate with and fast to answer my questions. The dress arrived on time and in perfect condition . Ran true to size . Was comfortable and was thrilled with how it fit and looked on me .

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Age: 31
July 9, 2017
Couldn't wear

The dress ran small and doesn't have any stretch to it. I was sad I didn't get the chance to wear it!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 165lbs
July 10, 2017
Great detail and color

Love the fit of this dress and the detail. Works well with a large bust if you have the appropriate bra. I had to adjust the tulle underneath the dress quite a bit, but it didn't take away from the overall experience of renting this dress.

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
August 7, 2017
Great dress for an outdoor wedding!

This dress was my backup and I couldn't have been happier that things didn't work out with my first dress. The wedding was outside and I was so comfy the whole night, even though it poured through the ceremony and was humid the rest of the night. I received so many compliments on the fit and color. I didn't wear a bra with this dress because I liked the look without extra fabric/bra straps and was surprisingly comfy without it. The chest was tight enough to hold the girls in place (38DD) without the waist being too constricting. The slip under the skirt was soft and the little bit of tulle underneath gave me just enough poof to flatter my waistline. Danced all night in this dress! I do wish the sleeves came down over my shoulders a little bit more, but that's just my personal preference - it didn't cause any discomfort in anyway.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 200lbs
October 19, 2017
It's definitely NOT like the photo...

I rented this dress for an outdoor wedding in Gatlinburg,TN the other weekend. When it arrived I was thrilled since this is probably my 4th or 5th rental from RTR and they are always stunning! Well... this one, not so much... it's definitely not like the photo.. the skirt definitely doesn't flow out like it does in the photo on the model, and you can definitely tell it's just a little worn, which was a bit of a let down... So in the end I sent the dress back and wore something that I already had in my closet. I love RTR, and will TOTALLY continue to rent! But this one, I think, should find it's way to the clearance section. :).

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
October 27, 2017
Felt like a princess! Total "Cinderella experience"

Wore this dress to a fall wedding in Colorado. Couldn't have loved it more! I felt like a million bucks and got compliments all night long. It fit true to size. Because of the sheer detail at the top, I wore a stick-on bra to keep it from showing through. I'd definitely recommend this rental to others!!

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 122lbs
November 1, 2017
Compliments galore!

The picture turned out blurry but so yourself a favor and rent this dress. One of my all time favorites. Perfect for a wedding or any formal event. Fit like a glove, classy, amazing detailing. Slightly forgiving cut but still very flattering. Marchesa is one of my favorite designers. I get excited when I actually have a reason to rent one of her dresses they are just so special to wear. Seriously, I got so many compliments!!! People actually complimented me to my parents who weren't even there over phone and text!!!! Stunning!

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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Age: 30
November 7, 2017
Great dress for fundraiser

12 and 10 both fit fairly well but I went with the 10 because it was a little bit more snug and shorter. Got lots of compliments. The neck was a little itchy.

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 200lbs
November 12, 2017
Beautiful and unique dress!

I rented this dress for a November wedding. It's a beautiful dress with intricate detail. One consideration is the waistline and cleavage- the waistline can be unkind to curvy girls, and there is a lot more cleavage visible than you'd expect. I'm a D cup, and some of the wedding pictures (especially sitting down) are borderline R-rated. Otherwise, this dress was perfect for dancing, beautiful and well-made.

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Bust size: 36DD
November 13, 2017
Perfect dress for my neice's wedding

This dress is so beautiful. The pics don't do it justice. I was nervous about the cleavage (I'm 36DD), so I bought a black bandeau bra. It was perfect, covered the girls and actually looked like it was just part of the dress. It travels beautifully, and I love the tulle under the skirt. I'm a true six and this dress felt good and snug at the rib cage. The 8 was too loose and I'd have been bummed if I had to wear it, but the six was perfect. It was one of my neice's colors, and blue lace is truly stunning. Lots of compliments. Definitely would rent again!

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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165lbs
November 29, 2017
Will rent again!

I wore this to a cocktail wedding reception. It was so comfortable & I was able to dance the night away without worrying about the dress moving & any slips even without a bra on. The dress was slightly big, but true to size. (Worked out well since the food was delicious). I would definitely rent again & would wear everyday if it was appropriate.

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