Marilyn Gala Gown

$70 rental
$495 retail

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Stylist Notes

Walk into the gala wearing this form flattering Robert Rodriguez Black Label open back gown. An amazing color that everyone will love on you!

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: Works best for A to C cup sizes - bust is fitted and exposed back does not allow for a strapless bra
WAIST: Very fitted - fitted at natural waist with knot detail
HIPS: Fitted - fitted at hips with flared skirt at knee
LENGTH: Floor length - Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem(recommended for heights 5'1-5'6'') and long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem(recommended for heights 5'6'' and above).

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with no bra or a NuBra due to exposed back
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types

Model's height is 5'10''.

Product Details

Purple matte jersey. Bateau neckline. Ruching at waist with knot detail. Open back with hook-and-eye closure. Imported. See size and fit tab for length.

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82 reviews
Fit
Large
(11)
True to Size
(61)
Small
(9)
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
November 7, 2011
This dress looked fabulous and I got a million compliments! I ordered an 8 Long and it fit perfectly, although it didn't cover my shoes (3 inch heels) but I am really tall so it happens a lot, ha! The color is a great, vibrant blue. I did not wear a bra because of the open back, but there was enough fabric to keep everything under control. Overall, a great dress!
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Body type: Straight & narrow
November 7, 2011
I loved this dress!!! The material was so comfortable but also very sturdy. I am a little over 5'6, so I was very glad that I got the 2L instead of the 2R. Got compliments all night long. The color is much more purple than it seems in the picture. I thought it was going to be more navy than it was. However, the color was still beautiful!
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 178lbs
November 14, 2011
Best Fitting Dress
I wore this to the Marine Corps ball and it was truly comfortable. t 5ft 2in, with 4 inch heels it was still a bit long with the R fit. I might have fitted nicely into a 8R but Im glad 10R was perfectly fitted. This dress was awesome and recommend it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
November 30, 2011
I was so nervous as this was my first experience and I only had 24 hours to prep for a black tie event. The dress fit perfectly and I felt amazing all night long. Will definitely be renting again!
The dress was beautiful and fit better than I imagined. It is a much darker purple than in the picture, but a beautiful color! This was first RTR experience and I was worried I would be too short/small for the clothes, but it worked perfectly. (I wore 4" heels and the dress just barely dragged the ground)
MaryFebruary 16, 2012
Kristin does not weigh 200 lbs
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
January 4, 2012
Also my first RTR Experience
I rented this dress for a NYE black tie wedding and it was perfect for the occasion. I'm 5'8" and the 6L fit perfectly with 3 inch heels. Like the other reviewer said, the dress was more purple than I expected, but a great color. The material was nice, and didn't show any lines underneath. Overall a very flattering fit. The people at RTR were very responsive and helpful, and made this whole process seamless. Will be sure to use RTR again!
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
January 9, 2012
Sad fit for me.
I am 5'10" so renting a long dress is risky but this was way too short on me. Was a little baggy and not form fitting as well. Sad it did not fit but always appreciate RTR being so nice about returns!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
February 23, 2012
Felt great in this dress!
I rented this dress for a Mardi Gras Ball and felt elegant and pretty in it. Gorgeous color. Great heavy material. I was worried about the 0R and they didn't have my back up size but this dress fit like a glove. I'm 5'4 about 115lbs. It was a tiny tiny bit long but I danced all night in it with heels and had NO problem! PS You will need Sticky Boobs.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 117lbs
February 29, 2012
It was my first rent, and I was very pleased
Great fit! Had several compliments!
JenniferSeptember 25, 2012
Hi I would like to know if you wore any heels with this dress?
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
May 18, 2012
Pretty but short
Im about 5' 6 1/2" tall so thought the regular length would work for me. The fit was nice, but it hit me mid-shin...not at all what I expected from the pictures. If you're over 5'6", get the long!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 61
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 128lbs
July 12, 2012
Too short
Unfortunately I had to return unworn. Online it said the regular length was 58 inches from shoulder to hem. The 6R was actually only 53 inches. Hit above my ankle, way too short to look right even with flats. Too bad as it is a lovely dress though the arm holes fit a bit snug. This is the second rental I've done with RTR. The first was perfect. It was actually 58 inches in length as noted which is perfect for 5'6" with about a 2.5 inch heel.
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
August 10, 2012
An unfortunate experience
Initally I ordered this dress in an 8L, and after I place my order I called to have another size added just in case. (I had to get the 12L because there is no 10L???) Well when my order arrived I was so excited to try this dress on! I opened the box and the dress on top was a 12L and then the one underneath was a 10R. The size that I initially ordered wasn't anywhere to be found! SO SAD!! The 10R fit alright on the top but there was no way that it was going to be long enough for my 5'11 frame. Too, too bad because this is a beautiful dress! Where is the 10L!?!?!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
August 16, 2012
Loved being able to pick from two different sizes just in case! Such an easy process, would definitely rent again! Felt comfortable and glamorous with my Miss Wisconsin sisters, loved welcoming our new Miss Wis to our sisterhood! :)
I wore this dress as a "former" to the Miss Wisconsin Pageant this year and received numerous compliments! It is so simple and classic, yet quite a stunner! Very comfortable, definitely glad I got the long size, I am 5'9" with three inch heels on in the pics.
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
August 20, 2012
Beautiful!
I wore this dress to a wedding and got so many compliments! The knot in the front is in the perfect place to give a great shape to your figure. The color is a little darker than shown in the picture but still gorgeous.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
August 24, 2012
nice but not me
Very pretty dress.... fits nice, makes your waist look tiny.... But thought it was more appropriate for someone a little older than me (im in my late 20's)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 119lbs
August 27, 2012
Great dress
I liked this dress a lot. Conservative from the front, but the back adds a bit of sexiness. Very comfortable fabric, and fits true to size. It clings to your curves, but the fabric is very forgiving, so you don't need to wear Spanx if you don't want to. You do need nipple covers or stick-on bra cups. I am 5'2" and wore the regular length. It was perfect for me with 3 1/2 inch heels (skimmed the top of my shoes). If you are at all taller than me, or want to wear taller shoes, then definitely go with the long.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
January 8, 2012
How amazing I felt that night.
Fits a little more conservatively than the photo of the model, but great for a wedding. Very comfortable! Loved it.
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
September 20, 2012
This elegant, but vibrant dress stood out in a sea of black dresses for this NYC gala.
This was my first gala as Director of Development for my new nonprofit, so I had to tone down the sexiness, but still look stylish. I feel like I accomplished that with this dress. The hue is gorgeous, but I found it a bit loose. The front is quite plain, so I would add a necklace next time (I rented gorgeous earrings to go with it, but stupidly kept my hair down). The back is the really special part. The bottom of the dress was a bit wrinkly when it arrived, so it's great if you have a steamer on hand as this material does tend to wrinkle if not hung up for a few days in advance of wearing it. I am also not very curvy, and I think this dress would be better suited to a woman with curves. It doesn't do much for a straight shot like myself.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
September 21, 2012
I wore this for a black tie wedding and it was perfect.
The color was really nice. It is more purple than blue and I wore it with a fancy neckace. I am about 5'4 1/2 and the length of this was perfect with very small kitten heels (1 inch). If you are average height and want to wear heels maybe go with the longer size because dresses are always too long on me this one was just touching the floor with small heels. My only other comments are that the back is not quite as low as it looks in pictures. The gathering in the front is very flattering (hides belly a little)
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
October 2, 2012
So so elegant! Low back adds just enough sexy
The low back was super elegant. Deff a spank wearing dress because if you have any mid section it will show in this little number. Lots of compliments. Being 5 foot 2 this was quite long. Wear high high heels if you're petite. I accessorized with a statement necklace, this was a poor choice looking back at pictures. If I could go back i would have done a delicate bracelet and earrings.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 40
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
October 6, 2012
Perfect for the occasion
I needed a purple dress for a gala and this dress was perfect. The fabric is very flattering and comfortable. I'm 5'6 and the length with 3 inch heels was a tad too short. I'm afraid I would have been stepping on the long though. Sorry, I don't have any photos.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
October 7, 2012
Beautiful dress, beautiful color, stunning back.
It fit really well, but definitely can't wear with a bra, so make sure to get a backless bra or pasties.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
October 7, 2012
I rented this for a Gala at my university.
True to fit. Must be worn with a backless bra. The material was so soft to the skin, and the dress was forgiving to my mid section. I loved it. I could have gotten one size smaller. I felt like I had to stand tall all night or the straps would fall. Yet, it kept me confident and happy all night. My husband l loved the backless feature :)
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
October 14, 2012
Another winner from RTR
This dress fit perfectly but was a bit short for my 5'8" height. I had to double check that I really got the long size...
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
October 18, 2012
Simple Stunner!
I don't remember if I wore a size 4 or 2 Regular. I had to wear high heels with the dress and I am 5'6" and wore 3-4 inch heels. It's just one of those dresses that seem so simple on the hanger, but once on it is really elegant and the fabric is so comfortable.
LiliApril 7, 2013
Did you wear a bra?
LizNovember 2, 2013
No i didn't wear a bra
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 52
Body type: Pear
Weight: 117lbs
October 25, 2012
I was really pleased with the sizing. I am 5' 3" and was worried about the length but it was fine.
The color is more of an eggplant purple than is shown in the model photo. The back is low enough that you need to go without a bra (the dress is lined) or make other arrangements!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 127lbs
November 1, 2012
I loved the dress and didn't want to send it back!
This dress was perfect for a black tie wedding. It was dressy enough but still comfortable to dance in. Being 5'2" I did have to wear it with 4" heels so that it wouldn't be too long.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
November 12, 2012
Very comfortable
I did not end up wearing this for my event, but if the other one hadn't fit I would have worn this. I'm 5'5" and with 4.5" heels it was just barely off the floor...the perfect length so I wouldn't have to worry about someone stepping on it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 180lbs
November 12, 2012
This dress was extremely comfortable to dance and move in; absolutely everything!
The dress fit in all the right places. The most awkward feature about the dress for me, considering that I wear a 38DD, was that it was completely open back. After finding the appropriate support it was a killer! Also in length it was perfect with 3inch heels. Definitely would rent this dress again!
ShannonJanuary 23, 2013
Hi Nancy,What did you use for support that did not show from the back? (I'm considering this dress for a gala and have the similar full bust problem)
PauldineSeptember 9, 2013
What bra did you use. Would love to wear this dress
DiedraDecember 17, 2014
I hear a lot of people say that the dress was a bit long on them but it didn't look that long on you. I'm wondering if it would fit my height because I'm tall and normally order extra length on my formal dresses.
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Size worn:
0L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
November 15, 2012
Wish i could have worn this...
BEAUTIFUL DRESS. The top fits true to size, but I was looking for a slinky, curve hugging look and this dress did NOT deliver. You really must have to have a booty to fill out the hips of this dress as the model in the photo. It hung beautiful from the waist up, sloppy from the waist down. Aside from that, I loved the feel of the material, and the color was stunning. I'm 5'10" and wouldn't have been able to wear heels with it. Don't let my somewhat dissatisfied review deter you though - if you've got a good booty - go for it! This is truly a beautiful dress.
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
December 11, 2012
Great dress!
Very flattering, heavy nice material. Would definitely recommend! Also loved the color
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 59
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
December 17, 2012
Not a great choice
I got a 4 regular and it was well above my ankles. (I ended up wearing a 2 in another dress, so its not like I'm a giant...) The color was not the deep blue that it appeared on the website but more purple. It also arrived exteemely wrinkled. Thank goodness t was my second choice.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 22
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Pear
January 4, 2013
Love this dress!
I loved this dress! The back is breathtaking--make sure you have a backless bra though! It is very forgiving with the ruching near the midsection area (I still wore spanks though...) Everyone asked where I got my dress and were so surprised to hear that I rented it. I strongly recommend this dress for a formal occasion! I wish I could wear it again!
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Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 53
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
January 18, 2013
I was disappointed in this dress. I loved it but it looks better on the site than in person.
In the photo, it drapes the floor and is a long flowing dress, in person it is SHORT and I'm not tall, only 5'5" It just wasn't good all around. Thankfully I rented a back up which I love!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Body type: Pear
January 22, 2013
This dress was very comfortable as well as beautiful!
I am a very true 8 so the sizing was spot on! The only issue I had with this dress was the length. I am only 5'4" and the regular length barely grazed the top on my feet without shoes on. I was planning on wearing 3 inch heels, which I still did, but I was upset with how short it looked. Luckily I think I was able to make it work. If you are planning on ordering this dress and are taller than maybe 5'2", get the long if you want to wear heels. Otherwise, the fit was really flattering and I got a lot of compliments on the beautiful color!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
February 16, 2013
The color was wonderful!
I would rent it again! Very comfortable! Beautiful color. Plan on using spanx, the fabric is clingy . I got so many compliments on this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
February 19, 2013
Too short; Couldn't wear
I ordered this for a black tie optional wedding, and had to return it. The dress (6L) was way too short, I looked like a 7th grader that had recently gone through a growth spurt. Pretty color, but I wouldn't recommend for anyone over 5'8. The fit itself was fine, and though it was hard to look at anything besides my ankles the cut was nice, and the back is very pretty.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
February 26, 2013
Long, elegant, beautiful color, perfect to show off shoulders and back!
Fit beautifully, but a little bit long, ever with 3" heels on. Even with that, I felt beautiful in the dress and received a ton of compliments!
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 52
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
April 21, 2014
... But loved it ..
Very short ... Didn't reach my ankles!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 153lbs
April 15, 2013
great dress for the occasion
Black-tie event for my husband's law firm. Runs really large - I usually get a 6 with an 8 as a back up and the 6 was way too big. Generally looked nice and was perfect for the event.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
May 4, 2013
Gorgeous but short
Unfortunately I didn't get to wear this dress as the 4L was too short (and I am only 5'6). It's a shame because the top laid beautifully... I just couldn't make it work for me. But it would be great for shorter girls!
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