Palm Beach County designer’s gown worn to Florida Sunshine Ball


You could say Teresa Sutton’s gown was Florida-grown.

Teresa Sutton, the wife of Florida Congressional District 22 Chairman Bob Sutton, was among the attendees of the Florida Sunshine Ball on Wednesday night, a lavish event held by Gov. Rick Scott to celebrate President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday.

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And Sutton’s gown seemed to fit in with the theme — a celebration of all things Florida.

The dress, white with black details, was designed by Palm Beach County resident Karen Williams Nottage. Sutton said she was excited to wear a dress from a local designer: “It provides them exposure. And it’s absolutely gorgeous,” she said, braving 40-degree D.C. temperatures and taking off her coat to show off the gown as she waited in line to get into the ball.

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Nottage told our news partners at WPTV NewsChannel 5 that the dress features Italian lace.

“That whole silouette came to light and I just started drawing and I said this is what I want to create,” Nottage told WPTV.

To dress Sutton, Nottage entered and won a competition held by Palm Beach International Fashion Week producer Lilyana LoVela. According to a Facebook post from Nottage, more than 50 designers from across the country submitted gowns.



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