'Scandal': Using Armani and Valentino to make Olivia Pope stand out in a 'male-dominated world'


Costume designer Lyn Paolo achieves just the right balance of professional yet feminine style with the wardrobe of legendary "fixer" Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) in the Thursday ABC series "Scandal.""So often in TV and movies when a woman is playing a strong leadership role, they kind of end up getting dressed in very dark structured suits," Paolo tells Zap2it. "My idea was this woman would always be in lighter tones. That way she stands out in the male-dominated world."Paolo has spent a lot of time in Washington, D.C., doing "The West Wing" and other projects, and she says it saddens her that women have to dress in masculine ways to fit in. Finding suits that are both lighter in color and softer in silhouette has proven quite the challenge."The main thing about Kerry for me is the color and the palette because the set is dark," Paolo says. "She almost always is in white, pinks,...



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