This 1930s-inspired beaded gown is completely breathtaking. I felt so gorgeous in it -- like a vintage Hollywood star. Despite the STUNNING head-to-toe hand beading, the dress is light and easy to wear. The French bustle made it easy to dance in. I tried on every single dress in Los Angeles, from Vera Wang to Inbal Dror to Claire Pettibone and this was the only one that managed to feel special but not princess-y. I reduced the volume of the blousson (you want this) and added clear bra straps and cups to avoid wearing a bra. Hemmed to fit me (5'6") in 3" heels, so best for someone 5'9" and under.