Black Short Sleeve Ball Gown with Leather Paillettes
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Black Short Sleeve Ball Gown with Leather Paillettes

Rental $150.00
Retail $725.00
This isn't your ordinary black dress. This gown stops the show with its leather paillettes and sweeping skirt. The classic shape is flattering on any body type, and the leather paillettes give a new twist to the standard black dress. The full gown gives beautiful movement, while the silk bodice provides structure. This is a gown that can be elegant, funky, romantic, bohemian and more depending on how you accessorize it. It's tough and delicate at the same time. Please be sure to read the notes on size and fit for this gown.

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This dress fits true to size with room through the hips, due to the cut of the skirt. This dress is 57" long from the highest part of the neck to the floor or about 42" from the waist to the floor. Best for women between 5'3" to 5'7", depending on heel height. If you are 5'3" you will need approximately 4" heels, 5'4, 3" heels and so on. Please note, the dress in the photograph is a sample and was longer than the final produced product.

Hourglass, Straight and Narrow, Pear, Full Bust

Model Size Wearing Height Weight Bust Waist Hips Body Type
2 5' 9" 125 lbs 34" 24" 34" Hourglass
2 5' 6" 125 lbs 32" 24" 30" Hourglass
4 6' 0" 138 lbs 35" 26" 37" Pear
6 5' 10" 144 lbs 36" 30" 38" Hourglass
Size Length Bust Waist Hip
2 57.0 32.0 27.0 40.0
4 57.0 33.0 28.0 43.0
6 57.0 34.5 30.0 48.0
8 57.0 36.0 31.0 50.0
10 57.0 38.0 32.0 52.0
12 57.0 40.0 33.0 54.0
14 57.0 42.0 34.0 56.0

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(12 reviews)

Toronto, ON

5' 5"
135 lbs
Apr 01, 2012

This dress was gorgeous! I wore it to a friends wedding in NYC and I was one of the best dressed there (even for NY!) The dress was the perfect length for 3 1/2 or 4 inch heels - I am 5"5. It is also a great dress to accessorize because it is all black with a great neckline. I have a small bust and a bigger butt/hips, so I went down a size and the dress fit perfectly. I loved this dress - it was great to wear it and return it!


Sep 17, 2012

Unbelievable dress, I wore this frock to a black tie wedding at the AGO and got about 20+ compliments on it. Someone actually stopped to ask to feel the fabric. I fit the size 10 well but needed extra room in the bust so I sized up, I'm a 38DD and typically fit between an 8-12. Such an amazing dress I am so happy I got a chance to wear it!

Dundas, ON

Apr 09, 2013

I wore this to a black-tie awards dinner Fall 2012 (late review! oops). Its Amazing; made my waist look really narrow and hid any potential flaws (I'm apple-shaped, so it can be hard for me to feel good in dresses!) I felt really elegant, loads of compliments!!

Winnipeg, MB

5' 5"
150 lbs
Oct 31, 2013

This is a fabulous dress!! It's my first time renting, and I'll definitely do it again!! I wore it to a black tie event, and recieved many compliments. Too fun!! So glad that you get two with the order, as I figured I'd need the 8, and the 6 fit perfectly.

Toronto, ON

5' 3"
122 lbs
Nov 18, 2014

Wore to a black tie event. This dress is a great combination of classy but fun. Comfortable, fits well. Lots of compliments

Calgary, AB

5' 5"
140 lbs
Dec 21, 2014

Late review, sorry! I wore this to a black tie event in 2013 and loved it! Received numerous compliments on it! I did pick a 10 a backup size of 12 as I normally was in between those sizes but I really should have rented the 14 I felt is was a bit tight on my bust but I was a 36 DDD at the time. This was my first time renting a dress form Rent Frock Repeat and I was so happy with my experience I rented another dress again this year!

Ottawa, ON

5' 8"
164 lbs
Feb 26, 2015

Was a beautiful dress. With the details on the bottom it shimmered when you moved.

Vancouver, BC

5' 4"
160 lbs
Feb 28, 2015

I loved this dress! It moved beautifully when walked. I got so many compliments on it. If you have an hourglass figure, it's very flattering. If you're busty like me, consider going a size up.

Toronto, ON

Mar 05, 2015

This was a great dress. Loved the light material. The top didn't hit at my natural waist though and I felt this made my hips look a little big.

Kamloops, BC

5' 5"
May 06, 2015

Love this dress so flattering.

Toronto, ON

5' 10"
150 lbs
Jun 17, 2015

This frock was a no-fuss dress. I am a cellist and was performing in it. I didn't have to worry about special undergarments or how it was hanging on me, or tripping on the full length of the skirtt, which was great, because I could focus on my work and not be distracted by it. My friend told me I looked elegant and the cut was flattering. I needed to look glamerous and this fit the bill!

Ravenna, ON

5' 8"
160 lbs
Sep 16, 2015

Wore to TIFF Gala. I'm 5'8" and the length was perfect with a 3" heel. Very elegant yet edgy with the pailettes. I am Apple shaped and it fit perfectly across shoulders and waist, although the skirt starts higher than my natural waist. True to size fit.

Foxboro, ON

4' 8"
130 lbs
Oct 16, 2015

Perfect for a Nightmare before Christmas benefit gala. Very comfortable and fun for dancing. Catches the light with the leather

Calgary, AB

Nov 16, 2015

Loved this dress. I wore it to a fairly formal Christmas party in the mountains. The weight and layers of the dress kept me toasty and warm in the winter weather. I received many, many compliments. The only disadvantage, a couple of the leather appliques fell off throughout the evening.

Edmonton, AB

Dec 22, 2015

This gown is wonderful. The paillettes add the right amount of texture, interest and edge. But be prepared, they also fall off. Probably 6-10 fell off in the course of the evening and I didn't even dance. I collected them and sent them back in a separate bag. This fits well and the cut is very flattering. Plus, David Dixon is a Canadian Designer and it's important to wear Canadian labels.

Uxbridge, ON

Jan 08, 2016

Wore this dress to a NYE party in Toronto and got tons of compliments. It is extremely flattering on the waste line however felt like it fit a size smaller than it was. Also wore it with flats, I'm 5,6" and it was perfect floor length.

Ilderton, ON

5' 8"
190 lbs
Apr 29, 2016

This dress was awesome!! I felt super chic at the event I attended (and was even called that by a prominent fashion expert!) The size 12 was the largest one available so I took it, based on the measurements provided. It fit quite snuggly but not in an uncomfortable way. I was very happy with the dress in all ways. Thanks for making my first frock so great!

Ottawa, ON

5' 8"
145 lbs
Jan 09, 2017

I wore this as a Maid of Honour dress and it was AMAZING. My friend told me that someone literally gasped when I walked in the room down the aisle. I felt so elegant, romantic and beautiful in this dress. The dress flows beautifully and just works. I did find that the top is quite fitted; I do have a bit of a chest, so I think that that will influence the fit (I couldn't really lift my hands above my head). Other than that, I could eat dinner comfortably, dance and run around and do all of the Maid of Honour things.

Designer colour: Black. Short sleeve floor-length silk gown. Circular leather pailletes throughout skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook and eye closure.