Palm Beach fashion designer's dress to debut at Florida Sunshine Ball

Posted at 10:55 PM, Jan 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-17 06:12:01-05

A local couture designer's gown is making its debut at the presidential ball this week in Washington, D.C. 

In a competition hosted by Lilyana LoVela, producer of the Palm Beach International Fashion Week and Palm Beach Swim Week fashion shows, local designer Karen Williams Nottage's dress was picked to be worn by the wife of a local congressional district chairman at the Florida Sunshine Ball. 

More than 50 fashion designs were submitted.

Teresa Sutton and her husband Robert Sutton, chairman of Congressional District 22 are special guests of Gov. Rick Scott.

The local designer has her own line, Legacy K Inc. Stylistic Divas, and says her inspiration for the gown actually came from a Disney-themed TV show series.

"It's Italian lace, and it's black and white and it's to die for. It has a very nice peek-a-boo front and a very low-cut sheer back," said Nottage. "That whole silhouette came to light and I just started drawing and I said this is what I wanted to create." 

Teresa Sutton said once she saw  Nottage's dress, she knew that's what she would be wearing to the Florida Sunshine Ball on Wednesday. 

"What an honor to go, just to watch it on TV would be fantastic, but to go and be there and be all dressed up nicely. It's going to be fantastic. I'm very excited," said Sutton. 

Sutton says it's also great to promote a Palm Beach designer.