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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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Noir beautyReview by Ruby
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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! (Posted on 7/13/2016)
Exquisite gownReview by katrien
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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. (Posted on 2/11/2016)
AMAZING DRESSReview by Helen Olivia
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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!! (Posted on 12/17/2015)
There's a caveat to the "made with tall girls in mind." Review by VP
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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. (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Beautiful DressReview by Jackie A
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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! (Posted on 9/1/2015)
The wonder dress!Review by Tessa
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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! (Posted on 7/7/2015)
Pretty goodReview by Jacqui O
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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! (Posted on 5/19/2015)
Size down ! Beautiful dress but too big for meReview by Sara
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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. (Posted on 5/19/2015)
Runs smallReview by Debbie
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I have ordered many dresses on Pinup this one runs small if you are a chesty gal like me you should order a size bigger. I usually wear large but it was way too tight flattened me right out. Not as nice of fabric as some of the other dresses but still made very nice. (Posted on 5/4/2015)
Be prepared to be stared atReview by Soph
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Ok so I tossed between a large and a medium, ended up getting the medium, and its probably the right size although very tight. My measurements are 36-28-40, and Im 5'10. Length was just the tiniest bit too short in heels and the train made life tricky as people kept stepping on it.

I am very pear shaped with a little gut, and I have a reasonable butt & thick thighs. In fact my thighs are almost wider than my hips. Mostly genetics, part crossfit. The shoulder straps were a bit short and the chest sat high, meaning it dug in my under arms a bit and I got a little of that unflattering underarm flab, but this is common for me in PUG dresses. I must have length in the shoulder area. Might get that altered. Also as it was so fitted I didn't need a bra and got good support & cleavage, wowza !

This stretched over my thighs & butt rather easily, I was so shocked. Its also got a proper non-flimsy zipper on it hallelujah, but did take some wiggling and some assistance to get it up. The fabric is thick and sexy feeling velvet & very forgiving. It looks really good when you're standing with your hands on your hips and one of your legs cocked forward. Try it on and you'll see what I mean. Like the sexy ladies in the pictures above, lol. I'll be posing like this all night ;) And you need to stand & sit up straight !

Everyone has raved about the built in under garments but I needed more support. Its just a form fitting slip as lining which has some flattening qualities. Luckily the fabric is thick so I'm wearing my fave suction pants and they don't show.

The one thing no one has mentioned in the reviews is that this dress takes a bit of guts to wear. You get stared at, like a lot. My BF says it super sexy. I'm not that comfortable in form fitting dresses so I found it all a bit full on. However, if you want to celebrate your bod, this is perfect dress to drape yourself in this and be prepared for an onslaught of wishful glances. However I needed a little liquid courage and friendly encouragement before stepping out. Good luck ladies, go forth & conquer ! (Posted on 4/27/2015)

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