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Laura Byrnes California Gilda Gown in Black Velvet

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$190.00
Beguilingly beautiful and evocative of vintage high glamour and film noir sirens, the Gilda Gown from Laura Byrnes will drape your body in allure and hug your curves the way they deserve. Made with a sumptuously soft and plush stretch black velvet, this full-length gown features a curved, plunging v-neckline accented by flat, sewn bows on either shoulder, while the underbust-to-hem seaming is strategically placed to ensure a sinuous line throughout. Darting in the bust and a short fishtail train at the back elevate this look from elegant to extraordinary. Fully-lined with a lightweight knit fabric and constructed with a hidden internal bengaline shaper in the bust and waist to hold and shape your figure, the Gilda Gown is finished off with a back zip to provide a sleek and clean silhouette.

This floor-length gown is designed to accommodate women 5'9" and over. If you are less than 5'9", you may need to have this gown tailored.
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Tae Hee

(Posted on 2/28/2017)

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Watch the heads turn all night long...
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I have the Gilda in every color, and so should you! My boyfriend loves pointing out all the heads I turn all night long whenever I wear the Gilda. It generally fits true to size, but there is some room for stretch in the bust; my measurements are 38"-25.5"-36", and the Small fits me like a glove. <3
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annedra Utley

(Posted on 2/24/2017)

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Loveee Gilda
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Wore this to a military ball. With my red hair and this gorgeous gown (in the deep wine shade) I literally felt like Gilda! Thanks Laura!!
Laura Byrnes California Gilda Gown in Black Velvet
 

Ruby

(Posted on 7/13/2016)

Noir beauty
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This beautiful dress was everything I imagined it to be and more! Very comfortable, elegant, sexy and classy! Absolutely perfect for a black tie event!
 

katrien

(Posted on 2/11/2016)

Exquisite gown
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This is a beautiful and very flattering gown! My most favorite ball gown so far.
Only reason I detracted one star, is because the zipper is very difficult to open and close, while dress fits fine, and because there was an error in the stitching in the cleavage area (no big deal, my tailor will fix that, but still).
As far as sizing: I am 5'3'', around 125lbs, usually a size 6, and needed a Medium size. (Ordered the wrong size first, but that was because I had not paid attention to the sizing chart, which is spot on).
I love, love, love this dress, and will be ordering it in a different color as well.
 

Helen Olivia

(Posted on 12/17/2015)

AMAZING DRESS
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I have been waiting ages for the black gilda gown to come back in stock and it was worth the wait! The first thing I said when I put it on was 'hot damn!' It is the holy grail of floor length dresses! I ordered a large as i am a 32g and curvy size 8/10 (UK 12/14) and I found there was no need to wear a bra OR spankx!! Completely unheard of in a dress that fits my specifications. Amazing for the price and super fast international delivery... THANK YOU PUG!!
 

VP

(Posted on 12/4/2015)

There's a caveat to the "made with tall girls in mind."
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I'm just over 5'10" with long legs & a wasp waist (39-26-37. I wear an US 32G bra--small rib cage/large breasts, 160lbs) . This dress is stunning & so flattering with lots of length from the waist on down.
I purchased a Small as I wanted it to be very form fitting. Although the fabric has plenty of "give," the issue I ran into was not enough length in the straps. The seam under my bust hit too high (I'm chesty, but not long waisted).
This is an issue I've noticed with some clothes geared to taller sizes. Hems are lengthened but waist to shoulder ratios & sleeve lengths are neglected. Taller women need length not only from the waist down, but from the waist UP as well!
If I had been smaller busted, it might not have been an issue. My tailor was able to solve the problem by removing the bows at the top of the shoulders, adding the necessary length to the straps with matching black velvet, then replacing the bows. The alterations were invisible and well worth it. Paired with a set of opera length black gloves put this dress into movie star over drive. I can tell you it was definitely a head turner!
Even knowing ahead of time I'll need to have the straps altered, I'm so tempted to buy this in red. And in olive. It's simply too gorgeous not to.
 

Jackie A

(Posted on 9/1/2015)

Beautiful Dress
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Beautiful dress. Love the classic style. Very glamorous. A little long but I'm short so that's to be expected. May even ruche it up on the side with a broach so I really wouldn't have to shorten it.

Can't wait to wear it to my nephew's wedding in October. They said to dress to impress and I think this meets that criteria!
 

Tessa

(Posted on 7/7/2015)

The wonder dress!
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When purchasing this dress I was very unsure how it would fit as I am 5ft8 and have a very large bust, smaller waist and quite a large hip and thigh area. I didn't know if it would be flattering or if it would make everything look worse than it does. But honestly, as soon as I pulled it out of the bag and felt the quality and strength of this bad boy I knew my worry was unjustified.
This dress is beyond perfect! It smooths everything out so wonderfully with it's built in shapewear and the fact I didn't need to wear a bra took me to cloud 9! With a 14E bust (34E us sizing) a braless day isn't very common and is welcomed with open arms! I wore this for my school ball in New Zealand and was stared at by everyone, and was complimented on the dress all night! I even won best dressed!! I was also unsure about the length when I purchased due to other reviews, but the length was perfect to show off the toe part my shoes so I had no problems with this.
I ordered this on a Sunday and payed for express shipping to New Zealand and it came in 4 working days which I think is so amazing!
I am so in love with this dress and I 100% recommend it! I'm definitely excited for my next PUG piece, let's hope it's as glorious as my Gilda!
 

Jacqui O

(Posted on 5/19/2015)

Pretty good
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I'm in Australia, and needed a gown for a black tie ball I've been invited too. I didn't have too much notice of the ball, and was scratching my head for dress ideas I could purchase quickly, when I thought to have a look at Pinup Girl Clothing. I have bought a couple of dresses from Pinup Girl Clothing before, and I was very impressed. In particular, one I bought gave me the most amazing figure so I had high hopes for this Laura Byrnes gown.

The dress arrived in 8 calendar days to Australia on an express posting. I could not have been happier. That was super service!

The material of the dress is so-so. A little on the cheap side, but I wasn't expecting huge things in that department due to the relatively modest cost.

I found that whilst the bengaline lining is good, in terms iving me that curvy shape, it's not as great as the other amazing dress I got from Pinup Girl Clothing. I am contemplating wearing a corset underneath to get that shape. In saying that though, I have had 2 kids in 2 years, and my once very flat, small waist is no more so there is also a bit of a figure issue there for me.

All in all, this isn't a bad dress, and would certain look lovely on someone with a small waist and reasonable cleavage. The dress is certainly suitable for a black tie event due to the length and small train.

With hair and makeup though, I'm sure I'll look a million bucks!
 

Sara

(Posted on 5/19/2015)

Size down ! Beautiful dress but too big for me
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It's gorgeous but I ordered off the size chart with my measurements and they seem really inaccurate, it's absolutely swimming on me : ( I would return it but being in Australia it's just way too expensive to return ( over $50). Unfortunately I won't be able to wear it. It looks beautifully made though.
 

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