Kerry Washington Talks Scandal Costumes: Olivia Pope Wears the Pants

rs_634x1024-131004083550-634-kerrywashington-reddress-101313We’re literally buzzing with excitement over the return of Scandal, and think Kerry Washington is pretty much tops when it comes to striking a chord with her fans when acting on the small screen.

And beyond all of the plot twists and turns of the new season, we can’t help but be intrigued by her countless chic ensembles in her role as Olivia Pope.

We scored some face time with the star at the Paley Center for Media event in New York City this week and asked her for her firsthand opinion on her character’s fashion choices.

Lyn Paolo, who is our brilliant costume designer, and I work very closely together. The first time that we met to figure out Olivia’s aesthetic, we both came with pictures we ripped out of magazines and we had 90 percent of the same exact pictures!” Washington laughed.

“One of the things we decided very early on is that she literally and figuratively wears the pants and we wanted this to be a character that is rarely ever in a skirt or a dress. We wanted to make sure that the clothes were tailored and feminine and body conscious while still being the kind of clothes that you can wear anywhere.”

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