Castle Gown

$80 – $100 rental?
$998 retail
Stylist Notes

Go for drama in this full-skirted ML Monique Lhuillier gown. Accentuate the gold undertones with metallic accessories.

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 & 14W-22W

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room 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 nubra or no bra. We recommend a href=“http://www.renttherunway.com/shop/intimates/doublesidedfashiontape”>fashion tape.
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Pear, Bump Friendly, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Gold and black lace (60% Cotton, 23% Rayon, 17% Nylon). Sleeveless. V-neckline. Back cutout detail. Hidden back zippers. Fully lined. See size and fit tab for length. Imported.

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126 reviews
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Large
(25)
True to Size
(58)
Small
(3)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
October 1, 2015
Show-stopper stunning dress
This is a very, very beautiful, well-made, formal gown, and it has pockets!!!!! Hallelujah!! The fabric is very costumey (in a good way!), and has many, many layers to it, which causes the skirt to have a very full look. I received a ton of compliments on it. The color of this dress makes it very easy to accessorize -- I kept it VERY simple and only went with big earrings and a ring. Some general cautionary thoughts and/or tips re: this gown - - The fabric can be a bit uncomfortable to the touch - I do not recommend dancing the night away in this, but I suppose it wouldn't be too bad. I was at a ballet event, and even resting my forearm on my dress during the performance was a little uncomfortable. - Because of all of the layers in this dress, I do not recommend wearing this in the heat, especially if you are outside. I was indoors in the air-conditioning and sweating a little bit. When I took the dress off at the end of the night, the skirt was actually hot on the inside, because it does not breathe. Still worth it though.... - This dress was PERFECT in a 10L for my height at 5'10. I wore 2 1/2 inch heels and the dress grazed the floor. - The V-neck, as you can tell from my photos, is not as dramatic as it looks in the photograph. So if you're worried about it being revealing, it definitely isn't, at all. And if you are LOOKING for revealing, fret not, because the back exposure is such a cool feature of this dress!! Overall, fabulous experience. Highly recommend this dress for a formal event. Would NOT wear this dress to anything less than a formal/black tie affair.
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 134lbs
October 4, 2015
Beautiful Ball Gown!
I selected this dress after my original order was returned damaged, and WOW! This is a statement dress. I was initially taken a bit back by how full the skirt was, but I think part of that was also the length. I'm five foot even, so the 6R seemed very overwhelming at first. A package of hem tape later, though, and I could walk in the dress (and even felt like I was gliding!) with 4 inch heels. Overall fit was true to size, though the top gaped when I sat down as the neckline is quite low. Some fashion tape fixed that issue, so not too big a deal. The waistline is very fitted. Although the 4R fit, and was probably a better fit up top, I opted to go with to size that enabled me to breathe. I got a ton of compliments on the dress, and accessorized with gold jewelry. OH! And not to bury the lead, but this thing has pockets too.
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
October 17, 2015
Getting to wear a dress I could never afford.
To start, this dress has pockets! Did not know this till the end of the night after making my boyfriend carry everything. Having said that, the fit in the waist was perfect in the 8R. Unfortunately I am a DD, and the way the top of the dress is made was not designed with anything more than a C cup in mind. The 10 R was a better fit up top but swallowed me everywhere else. There was a single stitch in the top I ended up snipping and then safety pinning and fashion taping everything together. After that everything fit perfect in the 8R. If you've got a longer torso this might not be the dress for you. The gold band at the waist sits higher up than I thought it would, and it wasn't hitting me at my natural waist, creating a look of a shorter torso and wider waist. It hit me a good 3 inches higher than what I'd consider ideal. Oh, you need a friend to help with the top zipper. Or you need a wire coat hanger. I did end up receiving numerous complements throughout the night, which made it all worth it. I think my boyfriend might have enjoyed me wearing the gown more than I did.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 23
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
November 1, 2015
Being able to wear this dress to my recital and have a quick change made it absolutely fabulous.
This dress was extremely easy to get it and out of, I loved the opening in the back and that I didn't need to wear a bra with this dress. I'm a 36DDD so it's not often I can not wear a bra and still look good. I wore this to my senior recital and it was my second dress. I got compliments all evening from this dress and I most certainly recommend it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 31
November 4, 2015
I got so many compliments on this dress!! It was so much fun to wear and dance in!
I loved everything about this dress from the pockets, the fit, the feel of it, the color it was perfect. A little big in the waste just because of the open back but fit perfectly otherwise!
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
November 12, 2015
I got so many compliments! It was also nice and warm for a fall/winter wedding.
The dress was a little big, I got a size 10 too as I'm usually a 9 but I should have got a size smaller instead. It wasn't overly large but it could have fit tighter. I did though have to break the thread to make the neckline more comfortable. The color was gorgeous, and I had a lot of fun dancing in it. I was still getting compliments the next morning at brunch.
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
November 14, 2015
Overall beautiful dress
The breast area was a little loose but other than that nothing but complements all night
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 35
November 23, 2015
Beautiful gown!
Dress fit really well and so well made. The full skirt has a princess feel!
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 22
December 14, 2015
Everyone commented on how beautiful the dress was, even strangers!
Great fit, the skirt of the dress is a little big and had to be carried when walking so I wouldn't trip
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 35
December 15, 2015
I ended up not wearing it as I rented two different types of dresses.
This dress was way too big in the waist. The top area was less, but also big. The dress is so volumous and has a high waist that you really want everything above the waist to be nice and tight. I am a 4 in almost every brand and this 4 was more like a 6. The length on the other hand was fantastic. With flats it touched the floor (very hard to find as a 6' tall woman!). Otherwise it is an exquisite gown, very high quality. I did not wear it because I thought it had too much volume and was also worried it would be too warm.
Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
December 26, 2015
I didn't wear the dress. It was so big with layers it made me look way big in size.
its heavy there are 4 layers underneath for poofy material.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
December 27, 2015
EVERYONE LOVED THE DRESS!! It flowed beautifully and the fabric was sublime. Very Regal!!
The other thing I loved about the dress was that it has pockets so having somewhere to put my hands and my phone was a plus. I wore my dress with 5" heels and it just came off the ground. This was my back-up dress so I did not order a second size, if I had I would have gone with a 2 because of my bust. Overall great dress and I highly recommend it.
Size worn:
14WL
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 47
January 7, 2016
The gown is gorgeous! I totally recommend it.
This gown is appropriate for a very formal affair. It runs big, I normally wear a 14 but could have used a 12, however, it looked great and it's super comfortable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
January 8, 2016
New Years perfection
I wore this dress to a formal New Years party and was the most comfortable lady there! It fit beautifully and even had huge, deep pockets. I carried my phone and lipstick all night without a purse! I'm nearly 6'0" with flats on and this dress skimmed the floor. The negatives....the top gaped open all night and needed pinning. In addition, the skirt was very full and was constantly being stepped on. Styling notes....the color is close to a deep brown with gilded accents. I wore antique Victorian jewelry (it fit the gothic style) and painted my nails dark to keep it fun. Don't bother with heels, the skirt is so big, no one would see them anyway
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 145lbs
January 12, 2016
The dress is beautiful! Lots of compliments and I felt elegant and regal in it.
I am busty (34DD) so the dress was snug on top. It seemed to run small compared to the size tens I usually wear. I pinned it to keep the girls in. Would have probably been more comfortable in the size 12. I am only 5'1" but the skirt just skimmed the ground with 4 inch heels. The dress would be more accurately described as black lace with hints of gold over a taupe silk lining and black tulle . The real life pictures are accurate - not the model pictures .
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
January 13, 2016
The dress fit ALMOST perfectly. I received tons of compliments on it.
It was a teeny bit too long, but otherwise, fit like a glove. I had to wear kitten heels because I was working the event and would be on my feet all night, but it was perfect for a Winter Gala. If I could have worn taller heels, it would have been 100% perfect. The fact that it had pockets was an amazing bonus. Another plus - no slit up the the leg, so it was easy to hide my leg tattoos while at work.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 45
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 95lbs
January 18, 2016
It's a very dramatic dress. You will make a statement. I ended up not wearing.
The dress is a bit stiff,due to the fabric and was a little long on me. But it was beautiful
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 36
January 22, 2016
People said I looked "stunning"
If you have narrow shoulders/chest (even with larger cup size), consider taking advantage of their "second size free" and get a size smaller than your normal size. The dress fit at waist and looked lovely, but it was clear the top was a bit too wide. I'd say the size "fit" but was not "fitted"
Size worn:
16WR
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 37
January 24, 2016
I felt so amazing in this dress! I love a pocket and it was so much fun to dance in! Sad to return!
This dress runs quite large. Definitely order a size down! The ONLY draw back is that I wish I could have cut the stitching in the bust to free the girls a bit, but I would totally rent it again! Showstopper!!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14WL
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 41
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 220lbs
January 29, 2016
Dress runs larger than normal and isn't flattering for pear shapes
I normally wear a 16/18 and rented this dress as a backup in a 14WL. It was massively huge on me in the waist and chest. I could have put another person in the dress with me. It is not flattering for a pear shaped body and the pleats and tulle underneath make the skirt of the dress stand out. I was not impressed with the style or color of this dress. The dress reminded me of fishnets.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 68
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
February 2, 2016
BEAUTIFUL BEYOND BELIEF
I love this dress and promised myself that I will order it for the proper event. It was "too" formal (if you get my drift). I needed something fun and whimsical and this was not it. I was tempted to wear it, but I will in the future.
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Age: 37
Body type: Full Bust
February 3, 2016
Beautiful, Baby Bump Friendly, dress
I wore this dress for a black-tie optional wedding while 23 weeks pregnant. I had to go up 2 or 3 sizes (my baby bump is big and my rib cage has expanded quite a lot during the pregnancy. I could have worn a size 10, but it was just a touch too tight around the bump). It was definitely a big large on the chest (and mine isn't small - I'm guessing somwhere in D cup range these days) - something several strips of fashion tape weren't able to mend. I'm just shy of 5'6" and wore 1.5" heels - and you could see my feet thanks to the baby bump pulling the dress up in front. All in all, the dress is very pretty - though I do think it's better in professional pictures than in real life (some of the shine had worn off on the size 12 I wore, and the size 10 backup I ordered had actually turned black, I assume from all the dry cleaning). You'll need some sparkle to dress it up, either through jewelry or a purse...
Size worn:
16WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 190lbs
February 6, 2016
Loved the pockets! Size ran large in the top. Color was off from online photo.
Fit was too large in the bustling. Color was not true to online depiction. Loved pockets! Felt the bust cut was so deep that I required a shawl all night--but fun dress! Felt like a princess!
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Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 250lbs
February 17, 2016
IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND EVERYBODY COMPLIMENTED ME ON HOW IT FIT BUT I HAD TO WEAR TWO PUSH UP BRAS!!!!
I wore two push up bras to fill in the top of the gown and there was plenty of room inside around the waist but I made it work! Definitely would have purchased this dress in a size 14 but I am a true size 16 and I have broad shoulders so I thought the 16WL would work but I had to make so huge adjustments
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
February 25, 2016
Loved it!
It was such an easy dress to accessorize. It fit really snug in the chest and the empire waist line. I would suggest sizing up one when you order.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 42
March 5, 2016
It is gorgeous!
I thought it would fit a petite body, but it does not.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
March 6, 2016
Forgiving fit
Although this is a beautiful gown, I rented it as a back up and didn't end up wearing it. The fabric was such high quality and the fit was so flattering. Even with the full bottom, the low cut top makes the dress sexy. I hope to have another formal soon so that I can rent it again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 33
March 8, 2016
Perfect Dress!
I loved the dress, you will need a special bra or garment tape. Because I am smaller chested it was a little large on top. Overall great dress and I would recommend it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
March 9, 2016
Felt like a princess!
Dress fit perfectly. Skirt is big and fuller that complimented my hourglass figure. Didn't want to return! Loved it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
14WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Body type: Straight & narrow
March 14, 2016
Gorgeous cut, super flattering and pockets!!
Wore this dress for a Gala I planned at work. I wish the v neck had been a bit more open, but otherwise the cut was incredibly flattering. I was able to wear a regular bra and the pockets were a godsend for carrying what I needed to work. Length was fine with 3" heels, but it is a bit heavy and got hot as the night went on. Loved it and would definitely recommend!
Size worn:
14WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Body type: Apple
March 21, 2016
Second time renting and can't wait to find an excuse for a third rental. So many compliments!
The under layer is slate grey and the black lace overlay has flecks of gold. So the color in person is definitely off from the picture but I loved it. Runs slightly larger than what I normally wear. Was happy to be swimming in the 16 and comfortably fit in the 14. Well constructed. And with decent heels the 14 was the perfect length on my short 5'3 frame
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
April 11, 2016
Beautiful dress. Just not for me.
This was my FedEx overnight because my other two dresses were broken dress. I needed a size up and they didn't have it, but I thought I would give it a whirl. It is a neat dress. The fabric is amazing. Pockets. DUH. If I wasn't so self-conscious about my arms post-pregnancy, I would rock this dress again.
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Weight: 120lbs
April 17, 2016
Glamorous!...and long
This dress was perfect for the occasion, and I received compliments on it throughout the night. Everything up top fit just as it should. Normally given my height, I would order a petite dress, but they were no longer available. I wore 4.5" heels, and I still had to pick up the dress in order to take even one step. I certainly recommend this dress, just make sure you order the correct length for your height.
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 18, 2016
Felt like a princess!
This dress is absolutely beautiful. I found that it ran a little bit bigger than expected and wished I would have gotten a size down instead of a size up for my back up. I did use a safety pin to close the cleavage a little since it was big, but I bet, had I worn a 10, that would not have been an issue. To echo other renters, make sure you're in the a/c because this dress is heavy and will make you very warm. Al in all very happy with this rental!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
April 20, 2016
A beautiful wedding and the hubs and I got to play dress up for a weekend getaway...kid free!!
OMG...this dress was gorgeous! My husband loved it! Unfortunately, the upper zipper had issues the evening I had planned to wear it. I ended up having to dress down in my typical pants/shirt attire. Only to discover, as I was packing it up the next day, that the tiny zipper worked fine but it was difficult in the lighting we had, to see that the zipper pull hadn't secured all the way before zipping it up. Total man fail! If I could have zipped myself into it, I could have worn it. Maybe next time. On a side note,you can wear a normal bra and it doesn't show at all with the way the dress is cut!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
14WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 47
February 29, 2016
Elegant yet heavy
This dress was beautiful and definitely true to size. Keep in mind that it is very heavy and a lot of dress. I would say that it is a little long even with a decent heel on. I ordered the women cut and really did not need to
RTR CustomerApril 21, 2016
Was the women's cut looser? I had to get it for my prom after some problems with my previous dress and want to make sure it fits because its the only one they could send.
Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 22
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190lbs
April 25, 2016
Very comfortable
The dress was very comfortable and long enough. I was able to wear 4" heels and it barely skimmed the ground. The chest was large and I am a 34G, although I am very narrow in the ribs. I normally wear a 12 or 13 size dress but the 10L fit perfectly. I had to pin the chest area together to keep the girls in considering the event was conservative. The front was otherwise very low cut and would have had way too much cleavage. Even pinned I felt very exposed for most of the night. I also felt like the dress was not very flattering. I have a very narrow waist but a large bottom which caused the dress to flair making me look a lot thicker than I really am. Overall I still loved the dress and it was beautiful.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 18
April 28, 2016
Wore this to prom!
I wore this dress to my junior prom, and the top in the front at the breast area is awkwardly spacious, especially if you're flat chested, so I used a safety pin to fix that. It's also a really thick and heavy dress, like 4 or 5 layers, so I wouldn't recommend for an event where you'll be doing a lot of dancing in a crowded space because it can get hot. Other than that, the dress and got several compliments, it's pretty long (I'm 5'5) but perfect with heels (although it will be difficult going up and down stairs), and the back is really cute! Personally it's too elegant for my style, and gives a princess-y feel cause it's so stiff and thick, but the quality is amazing and fits true to size (besides the roomy chest)
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Body type: Athletic
April 11, 2016
Didn't get to wear for the event, since the dress was to big.
I normally wear a size 18 in formal gowns but this dress ran a bit large. The material is very heavy and not comfortable. Had to send it back, did not get to wear it for the wedding I was going to.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Body type: Pear
Weight: 220lbs
May 2, 2016
This dress runs BIG!
I wasn't able to get a backup size in this dress for a friends wedding and unfortunately the size that I ordered swallowed me. The dress looked great on most that reviewed it but it was too big everywhere for me. I ended up going with my backup dress
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