Marchesa Notte

Luisa Gown

$75 rental
$1195 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Look simply stunning at the black tie wedding in this lace illusion neckline Marchesa Notte gown. For a modern accessory pairing try Kenneth Jay Lane’s Heirloom Bracelet.

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 - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Two lengths available. 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 some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Hourglass, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Size & Fit Notes

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 - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Two lengths available. 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 some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Hourglass, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

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Dresses may not be offered in all of the above lengths.

Product Details

Blue Silk Chiffon Over Lace (100% Silk). Sleeveless. Illusion lace neckline. Fitted skirt. Draping detail at waist. Hidden side zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. See size and fit tab for lengths. Made in China.

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34 reviews

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Small 5
True to Size 20
Large 3
Photos 25
joy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 166 lbs
May 24, 2015

Gorgeous color, luxurious fabric...elegant dress

Size worn: 12R
Rented for: Wedding
I sized up in this dress (am between a 10 and a 12). I chose the 12 and it was perfect. Wore it with low heels...could have gone higher as the back is longer. The back of the dress is gold lace and therefore a regular bra wouldn't work. I went without and had no issues. I loved, loved, loved this dress and received a lot of compliments. Not to tight to dance in!
Melanie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Apr 20, 2015

So many compliments!

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was such a treat to wear! I received a lot of compliments on the color and fit, and it was just so beautiful and feminine. It had just the right touch of glam, but didn't upstage the bride or the bridal party.
MKZ
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 148 lbs
Mar 9, 2015

Love this dress. Fit so comfortably and we danced all night. Beautiful detail and was perfect.

Size worn: 10R
Rented for: Formal Affair
Beautiful detail and color. So many compliments!
Lavanya
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145 lbs
Mar 1, 2015

Loved my first order from RTR!

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress fits just right, and is pretty comfortable. It's on the longer side though especially with the slight tail, I needed 2 inch heels to keep it just off the ground. Other than that, it's comfortable enough to dance around in too. The gold filigree like detail, especially on the back is gorgeous. I got a lot of compliments from people.
Alison
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Feb 15, 2015

Good formal dress

Size worn: 0R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I wanted something special that was not too over the top, this dress was perfect, I had several compliments. The only negatives were that even in a size 0 the dress was loose around the waist and butt, and that the mesh irritated my skin slightly on top. Despite this I would still recommend it. The dress was very comfortable and fun to dance in.
Rachel
Usually wears: 4
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140 lbs
Jan 26, 2015

Unspeakably elegant

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Really beautiful dress. I wore it to a black-tie ball and it really stood out. The lace back is unbelievable and I loved that there's a little slit in the leg (tasteful yet you get to show off those legs). It runs true to size and is quite long, I was able to wear heels even though I'm 6'1". I've seen some women say they didn't need a bra, and a bra isn't strictly necessary, but I used an adhesive one because otherwise I felt too flat. RTR had fantastic customer service with this as well. Highly recommend!
Camille
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 124 lbs
Oct 31, 2014

I received a large number of compliments on the dress!

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fits true to size. A little hard to zipper up. I loved that I didn't need to wear a bra which is a rare treat for me. The color is very pretty (the gold highlights are elegant not tacky) and the dress is sexy without showing too much off. It was perfect. It is long. I had to wear 4 inch heels.
JP
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 57
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 12, 2014

Lovely, comfortable, formal dress.

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
A beautiful dress for a formal occasion. The color, which is bluer than in the picture, is quite flattering. I originally hoped to wear an 8L or 10L but only 10R was available. It was the perfect length, even with 3 inch heels and the dress fit well. It's possible I could have done better with an 8, but not much better!. I received many compliments, even from strangers. I have rented 5 or 6 times from RTR and this was among my favorites.
Patti
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 64
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Oct 7, 2014

This was my Mother-of the-Groom dress and I felt elegant and unique. The gold overlay was divine.

Size worn: 12R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The dress fit was perfect except it was a bit long in the front. I am 5'3" and had 3" heels and I had to hold up the front when walking. However, for photos, the hem laid perfectly on the floor. I received many compliments, especially on the gold lace at the top. The dress was comfortable for sitting and dancing. It was warm, in spite of cold, damp weather. It was different from any dress that anyone wore. It was the perfect dress for me because the fabrics and design were so elegant and I did not feel as though I was competing with the wedding party. I was unique in my own way.
Marietta
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 64
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 165 lbs
Oct 3, 2014

Was given so many compliments. I loved this gown the first time I saw it Was so comfortable to wear

Size worn: 12R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Fit like a glove. Was true to size and hide all the imperfections on my body!
Megan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 128 lbs
Oct 2, 2014

The detail on this dress is gorgeous!

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress because I was asked to officiate my brother-in-law's wedding, and I knew I'd be in the center of the action, but didn't want to upstage the bride. This dress was elegant, but in an understated way, and several people came up to me afterward raving about how perfect it was for the occasion. My only complaint would be that the dress was a little bit long. I am 5'3" and wore 3 inch heels, but still had to lift up the front everywhere I walked or I would step on it. It's a dress made for looking elegant, but not necessarily a lot of movement!
linda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Aug 14, 2014

Elegant

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I got tons of compliments on the dress! What you can't really see from the picture is that he dress is sparkly gold lace with a layer of navy chiffon over it.. It looks great with gold shoes and bag. You don't need much jewelry with the dress and that is a plus! One thing I did notice from pictures is that if you r arms are not super toned than you may not like how they look in this dress. There is something about the way the dress is cut that made my arms look fat!
Toksie
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
Jul 20, 2014

Perfect dress for my style and the occasion.

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
It was very flattering but in an elegant way. I'm typically between a size 2 and 4 because of my busy, but this fit just fine. I ordered 2 & 4 just incase but I fit better in the 2R. I am 5'6" and I wore 4" heals, do not order the long size because you will drag that dress all day. The regular length was perfect, it fell right on the floor at the back of the train. Be mindful when selecting your size.
Dania
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Jun 23, 2014

Accentuates your cruves very well. Love the color, fabric & Very Comfortable! Loved this dress!

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
SO I originally rented another dress for this wedding many months ahead. Received a call the day before I was suppose to receive it to be told it could not be sent to me. It was very heartbreaking since I was so attached the original dress, waiting many months for it. RTR sent me several options to choose from, some came in Friday and 2 came in Saturday (Day of the wedding)... I wasn't crazy for any of the dresses that came in Friday but when I received this dress Saturday, I knew it was the one. It hugged my body in the right places and was flowy right over the stomach plus I didn't need to wear a bra! The Gold Flowers under the sheer blue added just enough sparkle, didn't need to use much jewelry! I received so many compliments all night!
Joyce
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 49
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 119 lbs
Jun 23, 2014

This dress was perfect for a formal occasion.

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I typically wear between a size 2 and 4 so ordered both. The size 2 fit perfectly on my 5'5" 119# frame. Bust 32DD, no bra required due to inner lining support of gown (this is rare); waist 25, hips 36. The gown has a cathedral train so keep in mind if dancing at your event. The color and detailing of this gown is impeccable. Absolutely LOVED this gown!!
Julie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 134 lbs
May 27, 2015

Felt too traditional / grandma-Like.

Size worn: 8R
Rented for: Wedding
It looks gorgeous and fabulous on some of the other ladies, so I decided to give it a try. Sadly, I didn't experience the same results. The gold and navy just didn't look great against my skin. The draping puffed out in all of the wrong places. I felt double my age in it.
Deborah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 10, 2015

Pretty and classy, understated

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I ended up wearing the black and gold Marchessa Notte dress instead of this one, but I found this one very pretty. It's just a bit more understated (in an elegant matronly way) than the other - but it was also more comfortable! The draping is very pretty and since most of the lace is covered w/ chiffon it's quite easy to wear, with plenty of movement in the legs. I opted for the other dress because it's flashier and came in Long length, which proved to be important. I am 5'8" and this dress was slightly above floor length while barefoot, so it would have looked weird with heels.
Pamela
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Mar 17, 2015

beautiful dress

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
The gown was beautiful, easy to wear, comfortable and no fuss. Received compliments from strangers. loved it! I did size up which was a great idea.
Sheila
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 50
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 127 lbs
Feb 20, 2015

Did not wear. It was a back up.

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
It was way too big, way too long. I'm glad it was just a back up.
VS
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 157 lbs
Feb 7, 2015

Beautiful gown

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress seemed to run a little narrow but not much. It wasn't very flattering on my figure. I loved the front. I didn't wear this dress.
Tiffany
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 48
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 148 lbs
Dec 14, 2014

Beautiful dress but runs small. I was unable to wear it for the event.

Size worn: 8R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
Beautiful dress, runs small. I was unable to wear it for the event. I suggest sizing up by one size.
Jill
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Jul 22, 2014

Great for a vineyard wedding!

Size worn: 0L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
It ran true to size. I didn't need to wear a bra and received many compliments on the colors. I wore it to a cousin's vineyard wedding.
Morty
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115 lbs
Jul 10, 2014

Gorgeous dress - received compliments all night.

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Very well made & lays very nicely - a little long and there is a bit of a train - something to keep in mind - I wore 3" platforms and it was just right (5'5"). Truly beautiful & unique dress - I wore a nubra with it because of the open back - not too much support otherwise.
Jessica
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Jun 29, 2014

Lovely evening gown!

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I really wanted to wear this dress for a black tie summer wedding, however the fit was off for my figure. I have a bum, but my hips are narrow and I did not fill out the dress in a sz 4 (I'm between a 4 and 6 these days). The fabric is a little stiff due to the lace underlay and the extra fabric ended up adding inches instead of draping and skimming over my curves. Would definitely recommend getting your normal size and one size down.
Stevie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 50
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170 lbs
Jun 26, 2014

The dress was incredibly elegant and comfortable to wear.

Size worn: 12R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress felt small in the bust area. II wear a 34F bra and I felt a bit snug in the chest. The illusion lace is gorgeous, but was a bit scratchy since it fit closely to my skin. In a larger size, it might have felt better. I got several compliments and several looks from women eyeing me from afar. The dress runs quite long. I don't wear high heels, but even in 4 inch heels it would have dragged a bit.
Carina
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 19
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Jun 9, 2014

I wore this dress for my senior prom, and received so many compliments.

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The original dresses I ordered were returned in bad condition, so I was notified and told to pick another, and I'm so glad I did. The stylist recommended a size 2 or 4 based on my measurements (I'm thin with small curves, not hourglassy per se, but not straight and narrow or athletic either) and the size 4R fit perfectly; the 2 was just a little hard to zip up. I didn't need any sort of bra or slip, which was really nice, and the cut was very flattering and elegant without being too old-looking. The color was beautiful, and the rose detailing was a very soft pretty gold color. The skirt has a small slit up the left side, but it doesn't show unless you're sitting. The neckline can be a little itchy, but for the most part it was quite comfortable. This dress was very long though, be prepared to be tall or wear very high heels, lest you get people stepping on it occasionally.
Gillian
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125 lbs
Jun 8, 2014

Show stopper!

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Rented this for a black tie graduation event - I spent a lot of time looking for something that was fairly conservative, without being frumpy or boring. This dress was completely perfect. The lace neckline is beautiful, with a slight sparkle and there is a similar lace underlay to the whole skirt of the dress that is hard to appreciate in the picture. I got tons of compliments and felt amazing. I wore my hair up to show off the gorgeous lace back. I am 5'5'' and 125 lbs and the size 2 was perfect. This is a low back dress so you can't wear a regular strapless bra. I ended up going with silicone adhesive cups which worked perfectly as there is a little bit of support built into the dress. Rent the Runway picked earrings out for me that were absolutely perfect. No need for a necklace with the lace top. Wore with 3.5" heels and the back of the dress dragged just a bit so I got stepped on a few times, but was not a big problem. Love love love this and am looking for a reason to rent something else from Rent the Runway. Great experience!
Sally
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 58
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130 lbs
Jun 5, 2014

This dress is even more beautiful in person. It was fitted in the bodice so no bra was required.

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I lost count of the compliments I received wearing this dress. I loved everything about it. The color is flattering, the fit was perfect as was the length. If you want to wearing something just a little bit outside the lines - this is the dress for you.
Maria
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 50
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Aug 5, 2015

Princess for the Day

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fit was a little tight up top but grateful it was designed so I didn't have to wear a bra. Rest of dress fit well enough to gave me a waist and butt yet was very comfortable. I'm short so the length was about 3 inches too long. Using hem tape a little tricky since dress has 3 layers and top layer is sheer. Hemmed all three layers together in front only and left back alone to become a little train. The sheer layer had a couple small holes as well as a rip that was mended. Disappointing but it made me careful not to bump into things and remove jewelry when putting dress on or off. But it was well worth it. Jaws dropped, eyes popped and my daughter said it was amazing.
Kara
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 165 lbs
Jul 19, 2015

Stunning and Striking

Size worn: 10R
Rented for: Other
I rented this gown for a required recital performance for my university opera program - I loved it! It was comfortable and fit in all the right places!
Mandy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165 lbs
Jun 29, 2015

Too matronly for a sexy 30 year old!

Size worn: 12R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Quite beautiful and comfortable fit, but waaaaaay too matronly looking for my taste. Also, you can't wear a regular strapless bra with it so you're seeing the gals there au natural. They probably make a bra that would work, but it's not in my lingerie drawer right now. No Spanx in photo either, but dress hides stuff pretty well with the layers and the ruffles. Also it made my top half look quite large, and though at the time of this photo I am 40, 34, 41, it made me look even bigger than just any other dress I tried on did.
Val
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 145 lbs
Jun 27, 2015

Perfection!

Size worn: 8R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Vacation
I rented this dress for one of the formal nights on a cruise to Alaska. I normally wear a 6 and the 8 was perfect. This dress is gorgeous and exceptionally comfortable. It had a lovely flowy quality to it, was sexy with the sheer front and back, but the sheer panels also provided coverage so I never felt too exposed. I did not need to wear a bra - the dress hugged in all the right places. The only negative was a stain on the navy front panel. It was only noticeable to me, but I was disappointed that it was not removed prior to receiving the dress.
Valeria
Age: 29
Jul 11, 2015

The perfect dress

Size worn: 2R
Rented for: Wedding
My only complaint is that the top lace part got a bit itchy towards the end of the night. Incredibly comfortable dress. Perfection.
Tatiana
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Jun 24, 2015

Flattering fit. Did not need a bra. Gorgeous gown

Size worn: 10R
Rented for: Wedding
Absolutely beautiful
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