Rent a Designer Dress for $50

July 17, 2009 10:07:42 AM PDT
Do you love to look at dresses and suits by big-name designers, but know you'll never be able to buy one? Have you been tempted to buy a special occasion dress, hide the price tag, and return it to the store after you've worn it? Two Chicago entrepreneurs have come up with a solution to the dilemma that many women face. At their unique store, Borrow A Dress Couture they will lend you designer and couture fashions, including dresses, suits, purses and outerwear. You can rent a dress for your birthday, reunion, wedding, gala, date, fundraiser, or just "because." Some of their designers include Alexander McQueen, Herve Leger, Dolce and Gabbana, Marc Bouwer, Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, and Vera Wang.Born out of the necessity to bridge the gap between being fabulously chic and smartly cheap, best friends Bree Lara and Teonna Ingram created Borrow A Dress Couture. Inspired by the knowledge that women "borrow" dresses from major department stores illegally, and that best friends borrow dresses from one another to stay en vogue on a modest budget, the came up with a business plan and its name, Borrow A Dress Couture.

Long time residents of Chicago's north side and young socials, Bree and Teonna recognized it was becoming increasingly difficult to purchase multiple designer dresses for their special events knowing that they would only wear them a handful of times. BADC promises to end that battle between fashion and budget, and celebrates the smart, savvy, sophisticated shopper.

BADC carries sizes 0-18, including maternity fashions. Dress rental and retail prices start at $35 and can go up to $100. Here's how it works:

1. Choose any dress to wear that you love.
2. Lease or purchase your selected items. (Lease term is for 3 days)
3. Return leased items and BADC will take care of the cleaning.

Here are some of the fashions now available at BADC. New merchandise arrives often.

1. Marchesa Blueberry Goddess Gown- (light blue)
Retails for $1,365
RENT for $209

2. Mac Duggal Empire Waist, Halter Gown- (ivory)
Retails for $380
RENT for $75

3. Badgely Mischka Tangerine Halter Cocktail Dress (orange)
Retails for $520
RENT for $89

4. Marchesa Strapless Ruffle Dress (fuchsia)
Retails for $680
RENT for $150

5. Mac Duggal -Caviar Collection 2pc Suit (taupe and chocolate)
Retails for $358
RENT for $69

6. Marchesa Cobalt One Shoulder Sheath Cocktail Dress (blue)
Retails for $650
RENT for $142

For more information, visit or Borrow A Dress Couture, 3221 N. Sheffield, Chicago, 60657; call 773.904-8735 or email