Marchesa Notte

Smoked Ivy Dress

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Stylist Notes

In black and white, this strapless floral gown by Marchesa Notte feels timeless. Simply finish with a barely-there heel.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - built in boning for support
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Three lengths available. Petite measures 56" from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights under 5'2"), Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

White and black lace (60% Nylon, 40% Polyester). Strapless. Sweetheart neckline. Lace overlay. Boned bodice. Fully lined. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. See size and fit tab for length. Imported.

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103 reviews
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(12)
True to Size
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Small
(6)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Age: 28
September 29, 2015
Stylist Review!

The black lace applique on this floral patterned gown adds visible texture that is sure to turn some heads. The scalloped hemline and slit in the front adds a youthful edge to this overall classic style. The built-in boning in the bust area makes it comfortable to sans bra no matter the cup size. However, feel free to wear a strapless bra for a little extra support! The empire waistline creates a nice silhouette on all body types. The fabric does not have any stretch and is somewhat fitted in the hips, so curvier women should size up in this style. Add a statement necklace or some crystal clear chandelier earrings to complete the look!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 39
October 5, 2015
Received a ton of compliments all night from both men and women.

If you are short, you may want the short size. I am 5'10 and with 3 inch heels just swept the ground perfectly.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Age: 32
November 1, 2015
Beautiful dress for a black tie gala

Beautiful dress, though I would not recommend for those with hourglass figures. I normally wear a 2, but this dress was super tight at my bust. I added a very thin black belt to accentuate my waist which helped give me a more flattering shape as it was large in the waist and hips. With the addition of the belt I liked the look, and was worth feeling uncomfortable in the bust area. I received compliments all night- the lace detail is gorgeous and unique.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
November 5, 2015
the front slit is beautiful and dramatic

big in the waist. the length is pretty long. I am a pretty true 6 with a 34C-D. it fit perfectly on top but was very roomy in the waist

Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
November 9, 2015
Beautiful, elegant, and comfortable!

For a strapless dress I was very pleased with how well it stayed up and in place! The empire waist made the dress very comfortable. Based on reviews I was a little concerned that it may be tight around my hips but I actually felt that it was too loose. I ordered the L because I am 5'7" and planning to wear 3" heels....the dress was still long but overall it was amazing! This was my first experience w/RTR and I will definitely be back!

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
November 11, 2015
I love the way the dress floated on the floor as I walked in it. I felt very sexy. Stunning dress!

I needed to find a gown for a black tie wedding event. Scrolled past this dress on the website, but at my appointment the consultant suggested I try this dress on first, and boy am I glad she did! Her name is Samantha and I highly recommend her. She's based in D.C. location. While wearing it, I got a lot of compliments. I usually wear a size 10, but I was able to fit comfortably in the size 8. Since the dress is the focal point, I didn't need to go too fancy-schmancy on the jewelry and shoe. Just a basic black strappy heel and a pearl necklace looked classy enough for me, but you could dress it up a little more with diamond necklace too. Also, the heel didn't need to be high. I think mine was 4in. which was super comfortable for me since I'm not one to wear high heels on a regular basis, but, again, you could wear a higher heel too. This dress really does accommodate for all shapes and sizes. My pictures don't do it justice.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
November 21, 2015
Fit is perfect

I am 13 weeks pregnant in this photo and the dress fit my growing belly and chest! I received numerous compliments all night- I love this dress and would recommend to everyone!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
December 19, 2015
Beautiful dress

Although I didn't end up wearing this, I fell in love with it when i tried it on. If it had fit me a little better I probably would have worn it but I felt like I needed 8 inch heels so that the length would fit me. I thought I would be tripping over the dress all night long, not to mention ruin the bottom on it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
February 3, 2016
Love it!

A bit tight in the bust and larger in the waist. I ended up tying a thick black ribbon around the waist with a bow and it worked perfectly. Slit is not too high. Length was perfect with 3" heels.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 170lbs
February 7, 2016
Great dress, got a lot of compliments!

To be honest, this dress wasn't my first choice. I had a dress delivered to me but the fit was horrible. I ran to the RTR downtown THE DAY OF MY EVENT hoping to find something. They pulled this dress for me and it fit, I'm 5'10 so I need to wear "long" always. Because of this, they only had a couple of choices for me. I got the dress, a pair of earrings and a clutch to go with it and went on my way. When I got to my event I got so many compliments I couldn't believe it. People loved the opening in the front (not very noticeable in my picture) and the overall fit. I like to wear strapless dresses because I have a pretty athletic body and wide shoulders. In terms of fit, it was a little tight around my chest so I didn't wear a bra but it was more loose around the stomach and mid section area. The slit in the front can be a little much when sitting down and crossing your legs so you just have to be careful. I was very happy overall and surprised at how much people liked it! I wore it to an annual fundraising ball.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 185lbs
February 8, 2016
Unique and Feminine

I loved the pattern and that it was different from so many of the other gowns worn at the event. I received tons of compliments. The fabric was soft so it felt comfortable and easy to wear.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
February 10, 2016
Symphony Gala event.

Fit wonderfully. inner bra zips up tight so that the outer dress does not have to. no back fat! I ordered the long and wore 3" heels - perfect in front with a slight trail in the back.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
February 25, 2016
Sexy and elegant

The dress definitely runs true to size, if not, slightly large esp in the bust. I got a ton of compliments on the dress all night and the slit definitely makes the dress feel sexier. Overall, i loved the fit and feel of the dress and felt comfortable all night in it so would highly recommend it for any formal or black tie affair.

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 47
March 4, 2016
It was so easy to wear a great dress! No hassle!!

There was a piece of boning in the bust area that was a bit uncomfortable, but otherwise it wore very well. Very pretty dress!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
March 24, 2016
Elegant

This dress was beautiful! The slit was so much fun, but careful when you sit. It wasn't the original dress I was going to wear, but I still had a great time. I don't normally wear strapless dresses but despite it being a little loose, it still fit beautifully and I felt wonderful all night. I wore the 2L and there was a small train even with 3 inch heels, but it was manageable and no one stepped on it even with dancing :)

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
April 5, 2016
This was for a gala for the local period symphony.

Fit was fine, although a bit loose in the chest (I'm small-chested). it was far more white than the picture made it look, and the embroidery was less subtle. Still a cute dress but maybe not as sophisticated as I was going for. The length was good, though, and it wasn't too tight in the hips (which I always fear).

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 15, 2016
I loved this dress!

The slit in this dress made it sexy and fun while being elegant. It was a bit too long for me but I could have worn higher heels. The chest was slightly snug but it kept the dress up all night. There are two zippers on the back which help the fit. When walking the slit can get quite high. Over all I loved the dress and was very happy I chose it.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 48
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 127lbs
April 24, 2016
Stunning choice for an island wedding.

Regal cut and thigh high slit is the perfect combo of classy girl and dancing girl. The fabric is truly eye-catching in its details, especially the scalloped slit cut. The fit was a little larger than expected and I did have to yank up the bodice most of the night, especially on the dance floor. My strapless bra struggled to stay in place as the fabric and lining is somewhat heavy and probably better suited to someone more generous in the bust. Dress is very long so I wore my highest heels, despite being over 5'9".

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 27, 2016
Beautiful dress!

The dress arrived in a fun garment bag. Opening it was exciting! The fit was perfect! I loved the design, inside lining for support, front slit, and slight train in the back! Perfect for our Navy Dining Out function! My only negative was the left inside hem on the slip arrived separated from the dress. Received several compliments on the dress and felt very pretty!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
May 1, 2016
Didn't fit, but beautiful

After reading the reviews of people with same or similar measurements to myself, I ordered the 10R and I should have gotten a 12R or maybe even a 14R. It is a beautiful dress though.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
November 9, 2015
Pretty but heavy on top.

Boxy and heavy on top. Felt like I had to pull it up all night. Maybe should have gone smaller.

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
October 20, 2015
Very Elegant

This was my backup dress that arrived on the day of the event! It is really a beautiful gown. I received a ton of compliments because of the way it flows when you walk. I had to wear a huge padded bra to hold it up and it could have been more fitted on my hips. The size 6 would have been perfect.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 170lbs
October 26, 2015
Amazing! I would have never picked it for myself and had compliments all night! Loved it!!!!!!

Fit great, a little long so be careful, but still worked out.

HeatherOctober 26, 2015
Hi! I'm trying to decide between the regular and the long. Do you mind me asking how tall are you and what height heels did you wear? Thanks!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
November 23, 2015
Wore for black tie event, loved the fit and feel of the dress

The length more than hit the floor so while in crowd had my dressed stepped on a few times, but overall wasn't bad and loved the dress.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 36
December 12, 2015
beautiful layers and work

this dress fit as expected- I'm 124 and 5'5.5 and wore heels (which is a must with the cut) and this dress fit well. I'm a size A but did not have to keep pulling up the dress except for a few times. perfect for the occasion

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127lbs
December 22, 2015
This dress is gorgeouss

This dress is absolutely beautiful. The way that the lace sets on your body is amazing. My concern was that the slit would be too high and it definitely wasn't! While reading reviews I was told that if you have a larger bust size, the dress runs small. So, I ordered the 6L as my backup size instead of the 2L. That was an unfortunate mistake. I had a lot difficulty keeping the dress up all night. As i walked it would slip down past my bust. I really wish that I had gotten the 2 because I think it would've been perfect otherwise.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
March 7, 2016
The customer service was impeccable! More than expected!

This dress was a backup for one that couldn't be shipped. It was better than I could have imagined! The fit and feel of the fabric were incredible! The way the dress moved while I walked was absolute perfection! I could not of been happier! (The picture is from the night before the event when I tried it on...my husband was floored)

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165lbs
April 11, 2016
Gorgeous dress

I wore this dress to a daytime, black tie wedding. I have trouble with many RTR dresses as I'm really tall - even the long size doesn't often work for me. This one was an exception! The front slit and longer back meant I could wear a little 2 inch heel and the dress still fit really well. Beautiful dress!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 133lbs
September 28, 2015
Gorgeous dresses

Being 5'3 this dress ended up being long on me even after wearing 4 inch heels. I did not end up wearing this because of the length and the bodice was tight on me. If I had gotten the 6 it would have been too big. But this dress is gorgeous and I wish I could have gotten away with wearing it!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Age: 33
November 9, 2015
Pretty dress, but not my favorite RTR rental

I rented this dress for a black tie work event. It was modest enough for the event but with a little hint of sexiness with the slit. It fit really well except for being way too long, even with 4 inch heels ... which led to the dress being stepped on by nearly every person that walked by me. This would be perfect for someone a few inches taller than I am. The dress itself was beautiful and high quality, but it didn't stand out, in fact, I saw THREE other women wearing this same dress at the event. This was my backup dress since the original dress I rented wasn't available. Although this dress was very nice and good overall, I still think the original dress would have been much better.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 170lbs
November 24, 2015
Gorgeous dress

Wore for a black tie wedding. I'm 5'3" and normally wear 10-12, and the 12 fit better though could have done the 10 in a pinch. Wore with 4" heels and still fought the length all night, but this is pretty standard for regular length dresses for me (I don't know how all these <5'3" women wear regular dresses without them wrapping around their ankles) Flattering around the midsection, and was able to do without Spanx or a bra, though admittedly it would have probably looked a wee bit better had I worn them. Wound rent again.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 136lbs
December 3, 2015
Pretty & unique

Ended up wearing a different dress just because I wanted something a bit more form- fitting. Very pretty & unique dress though that would be fun to dance in with the flowy bottom! Bodice just didn't cinch in enough to define my waist.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
December 20, 2015
It was beautiful on, but I went with a different selection.

Fits comfortably.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
February 1, 2016
The dress was gorgeous!

I wore this dress to a black tie wedding and it was perfect for it! I'm 6 feet and always worry about the length but this was amazing. I was able to wear 3 1/2 inch heels with it. It has an extra zipper so no need to wear a bra and worry about keep pulling it up. I got many compliments that night

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 45
Bust size: 38A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
March 25, 2016
This was a stunning dress. I wore it to a gala where women spent thousands. I looked better! :)

I got the dress in regular. It is long, even with heals. I am 5'5. It didn't get in the way because of the cut up the side. Beautiful. Highly recommend renting!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
May 13, 2016
Small through the chest

The dress is beautiful, and the process was super smooth! Will definitely RTR again. But to me, the dress was VERY tight in the boobs! Not for big chested women. Also, the boning poked me in the ribcage/upper abdomen all night and was pretty uncomfortable. (The website wouldn't save my info but I am a 34D)

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
May 17, 2016
Very striking

The photos did not really do this dress justice, but it was very striking in person. I wore it to a black tie wedding and even received compliments from random people on the street. It flowed when I walked, almost like a cape and was very dramatic. It was a bit tight in the bust, and as this was a backup dress because my first dress was too short, only the long was available. I'm 5'4" and wore 5" heels and it was ~2" too long so I was picking it up all night, the regular most likely would have been perfect. Overall, a great rental!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
May 17, 2016
Beautiful, classy, and unique!

I did not end up wearing this dress by my friend who is a few inches shorter did! It is a beautiful dress that stands out in a classy way. I recommend this for 5'8 and under. The Long want long enough in the torso so i was afraid a boob would pop out lol! Over all fit, it true to size to almost too big. My friend is s 6 and wore the 4L. It looked great on her a bit tight! Much better then on me with a comfortable fit ;) need some boobs to fill this. An B cups will not fill this dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Bust size: 36C
May 22, 2016
Classy and comfortable!

This dress was a knockout and photographs really well! The slit makes it comfortable to sit in and the flow when walking is glamorous. Overall great experience with RTR and highly recommend this dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
May 23, 2016
Lovely and Feminine

This is a beautiful dress, although I think it runs a little big & long. I ordered this as a back up dress, and thankfully my first choice fit, as this was big and way too long (I am 5' 9 1/2" and ordered the 10L; the 8R would have been just right). I will likely rent this again in a smaller size for an event in the future.

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