open back silk mini dress


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unofficially, we call this dramatic silk mini dress the "exit dress" for its open back and exaggerated bow. but it's just as good for making head-turning entrances, too, thanks to its fresh white fabric and flirty length. the little white dress is this season's little black dress.

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  • 89% polyester 11% silk
  • sleeveless
  • dry clean only


  • full circle skirt with pleats
  • size 4 measures 35" from highest shoulder point
  • style # njmu4931
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          Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 38 reviewers.
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Stunning dress This dress is absolutely amazing. I really wanted to purchase the white dress but it was sold out. I went with the geranium and the color is spectacular. A little more pink than red. When you put this dress on it makes a statement. Very elegant and classy. The back was not as exposed as I thought which was one hesitation and the length on my 5' ft figure came just above the knee. I am wearing this to the company Xmas party and wanted it to be a little conservative and a little fun. This beautiful dress checks off every box. If this dress becomes available in white I will not hesitate to make the purchase. I normally don't write reviews but I had to share my excitement and love for this dress with other Kate Spade enthusiasts!! November 18, 2016
          Rated 1 out of 5 by Color not as shown I love the weight and lining of this dress, but find the unusually high waist unflattering on my small frame and was shocked to see how vastly different the color is in person – rather than the rich red-orange shown, it's an almost fluorescent shade of bright pink that makes my green-toned, olive skin look sickly. November 11, 2016
          Rated 5 out of 5 by fabulously flirty i could rave about this dress forever. i have it in 3 colors. the fabric is perfect blend, gives a bit of shine and movement and yet holds it pleated shape. all silk is too delicate and all taffeta is too stiff. perfectly pleated all around with fitted waist which is why it works for me and hidden side pockets!!!!! flattering on any bust size, and the back... little peek a boo back with that bow.. it works, it just works! i always get a bazillion compliments when i wear this dress. October 3, 2016
          Rated 5 out of 5 by I adore this dress! This dress is simply stunning. I ended up wearing it for a New Years Eve party and I got so many compliments! The color is a little more pink than in the photo but it's lovely! I can't wait till I have another reason to wear this dress! July 7, 2016
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Such a classy and beautiful dress! I wore this dress to a formal ball and it was definitely a show-stopper. I got so many compliments on this dress. It is definitely more of a pink color but the color is absolutely stunning in person. I am 5'4, 130 lbs and the size 4 fit me perfectly. I highly recommend if you want to be the belle of the ball! March 15, 2016
          Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is perfect! Engagement photo dress. It fits true to size Can't wait to wear it for my engagent photo shoot January 16, 2016
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect Dress for a Petite Lady I bought this dress for my wedding ceremony at City Hall. It fits perfectly and is very comfortable. The model in the photo has it coming up to her mid thigh. But as someone who is 5' flat this dress falls comfortably at my knees. I definitely recommend for a shorter gal who wants something fun and girly but doesn't want to have to hem. January 11, 2016
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Love the flare fit And the big now in the back :) I have this in red as well! It's such a dainty dress :) pair with with your sparkliest heels! November 26, 2015
          Rated 4 out of 5 by Size 8 After reviewing the reviews, I decided to buy my typical size, 8. It fit well, but the top was a bit big, so i'll get that taken in. Other than that, It's a great dress. November 9, 2015
          Rated 1 out of 5 by Cheaply made. Fit too snug. Cheap zipper. Dress not well made for the cost. Ruined my daughters first high school dance. Never again will I purchase anything from Kate Spade. My daughter had her heart set on this dress and it was a total nightmare from the ordering process to the overall product! Only nice thing I can say is how beautiful the color is! November 1, 2015
          Rated 4 out of 5 by Different Coloring This dress is beautiful, overall. I am 5'4, 140 lbs and curvy on the bottom - it's super flattering on me shape-wise. I am a 34B chest and usually wear a 4/6 in dresses and went with the 6. It fits really great, the top isn't too tight on me. The color though. Gosh. I ordered the Tangerine one and it is NOT tangerine colored. It's neon pink. Like neon salmon pink. It looks orangey-red in the photo, but it's really not. I think it would be nice if Kate Spade didn't over-edit their photos and accurately represented the color. I bought it to match my date for a gala and fortunately it worked out, but it could have been really bad for someone else! October 13, 2015
          Rated 1 out of 5 by Beautiful until it gets dry cleaned I have the red one and it was my favorite dress. I recently wore it and decided to get it dry cleaned. Like many other reviews I've seen for this dress, it lost its sheen and has a powdery white look to it. So disappointed for such a high price! My dry cleaner has never ruined anything else and since I've seen other reviews, I don't blame them. I thought I could keep it in my closet for years. Obviously not :( October 6, 2015
          Rated 3 out of 5 by Cute, but weird fabric and brighter color than expected I brought the geranium dress, and it was a little tighter than expected. The concept of the dress is really cute, but the fabric is a really thick heavy material. I was expecting the color to be a bright red, but it is more pink. Overall, it is high quality, but I don't think it works well with my body type. September 18, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Show Stopper! I love this dress! I was very reluctant to order it online without trying it on first. Following the reviews provided, I decided to purchase the dress in one size larger than I typically wear - best decision I ever made! I wore this dress to an October wedding and felt like the belle of the ball. I received so many compliments and felt so confident in the dress. I cannot wait to wear this dress again... probably to my office holiday party. October 14, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by The compliments won't stop I admit, I was skeptical, having only seen the dress online. But I had a wedding coming up and knew that it was a Kate Spade occasion. I'm 5'4", 115lbs and bought the 0. It fit perfectly and the flare holds its shape so well. The pockets are actually really deep and because of the flare, you can fill them without anyone noticing (phone, lipstick, anything!). The color in person is more of a bright coral - on my computer screen it looks a bit burnt orange. It's a great mix of classy, sweet and sexy. I honestly could not believe how many compliments I received. Buy it! October 11, 2015
          Rated 4 out of 5 by Cutest dress I own I am not a big dress collector but when I saw this in stores I knew I had to have it. It was on sale (YES) and was the bright pink model (YESx2)! Normally an 8 in most good quality dresses, I had to size up to 10 because my ribcage would otherwise be crammed in. 5'4" with a rather small bust and practically zero hips -- but just have to take 1/2" or so from the straps and it'll be perfect! Can't wait to wear this at the next wedding. Or everywhere. August 26, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by This Dress was Amazing I absolutely love this dress it was bought for me as a surprise gift and I was left speechless. I love the pink salmon color that is perfect for me. Normally I wear a 4 but the waist was snug so I purchased a 6 and will have it altered in the shoulders and bust. I plan to wear it to a wedding soon and I know my friend will enjoy seeing in his special gift. August 10, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by This dress is adorable!!! I needed a dress for my last Homecoming, and this dress was perfect! Incredibly adorable, and definitely turned heads. I am a 4 in all Kate Spade dresses and the 4 fit me perfectly, however there was not much wiggle room. The color is more pinky in person and is so beautiful. If you need a nice dress for a special occasion this is the one!!! September 20, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Phenomenal! Love this dress! Definitely more pink than orange, for sure . Fabulous and chic . So "Mad Men"! September 19, 2015
          Rated 2 out of 5 by Cute dress but be wary I'm a true size 6 and so that is the size I ordered in this dress. I also have other Kate Spade items that are a size 6 and fit perfectly. This dress definitely runs small or maybe my ribcage is bigger than most (which I don't really think is the case) but I could not zip up this dress and I wasn't even close to being able to. I needed a good inch and a half more material to be able to zip it up. At 5'7 and 135 lbs, it should've fit. My other gripe with this dress is that the pleats were very uneven and I mean really uneven. It made the dress look cheap because I've seen $50 dresses with good quality, evenly sown and ironed pleats. For a dress that retails at $450 that's the least they could do, but the one I received may have been the exception. The dress is very cute but I will not be reordering in the next size up because I don't want to deal with another return if there are still quality issues. September 5, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by attention grabber The material is thick enough that I could comfortably wear this dress without a bra. The side pockets are a nice touch. Well-made dress, love the bright color! I got the geranium, but the color is a bit more pink and less red than I expected. September 4, 2015
          Rated 4 out of 5 by Bright! Beautiful dress but definitely a brighter and deeper colour than pictured. I would've preferred the more subtle colouring of the image. August 31, 2015
          Rated 4 out of 5 by Perfect for the "Quirky" side of you.. First of all I love this dress. I saw it in the store and fell in love immediately. I have to say that the length shocked me a bit on the hanger, and I thought there was no way this was going work since I'm 5,11. I tried it on and it works (albeit it is the shortest dress I now own). I agree with the other reviews that this dress would be MORE amazing with a few extra inches...but it does work. I bought it in the bright pink and plan on wearing it as my wedding dress in tropical Barbados. It's fun, quirky, and a bit different which is what I was aiming for. For online shoppers, this is NOT a dress for the busty and I did have to size up one size. Overall, I can't wait to rock it on the beach :) July 23, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Floating in Air This is the perfect dress for any fancy occasion this summer! Flirty and fun! June 4, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Absolutely stunning This dress is gorgeous, fits me beautifully, and provides the perfect amount of coverage. I was worried that it would either be too exposed in the back or that the straps would be too thick, but it's perfectly proportioned. However, there is no give in the fabric, and it is quite stiff, so measure carefully! July 18, 2015
          Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Party Dress Perfect fit and size the length is great the bow is just a little to big but still very fun July 7, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by watermelon color and so girlish I'm a petite lady 5.2'' and this dress is so much prettier in person. The color is like a bright watermelon color or coral pink, It's a beautiful pink just love it. It is very snug in the waist and chest area. I normally wear 2s but purchased the 4. So glad I found a store while on holidays as the 2 is more like a 0 in the waist. It's the prettiest dress and quite flared. May 20, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Great dress I love, love, love this dress! I love the color, the fit and the bow in the back! I wore it to a wedding and it felt so comfortable. I paired it with Kate Spade izzie bow back heel in grace blue and the walk on air clutch. The shoes and clutch are a great compliment to this dress because the shoes match and the clutch has a hint of the pastel teal color. Thank you Kate Spade for your unique pieces. May 30, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Beautiful, flattering and true to size I am thrilled about this piece- it's quite flattering to figures that are a bit boyish. I'm quite petite- 4'10" and the size 0 is perfect- the sizing chart is true to scale. the only thing i wish it had was cups sewed into the dress so I don't have to get a special bra but that's an easy fix. (for the price however, you would think they would at least be optional). Being 4'10" the dress hits right above my knees which is perfect because in the photo the dress is quite short. You will not be disappointed with this purchase. February 24, 2015
          Rated 5 out of 5 by Gorgeous and adorable True to size. Loved everything about the dress.The only thing I would have to say is it a bit more green than expected. April 7, 2015
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