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‘Scandal’ Costume Designer Explains Her Choice For Olivia’s All White Armor In Season 3 Premiere


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The day has finally come for all of us “Scandal” gladiators. We’ll FINALLY find out what happens when Olivia runs into a media frenzy after affair with President Fitzgerald Grant, becomes public — extra emphasis on finally. From the jump, when America’s most watched television drama premiered, Olivia Pope wore all white in plenty of scenes; and there’s no debate on whether Ms. Pope will remain true to her signature look and color.

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In a Huff Post article/interview written by, Dana Oliver, the idea behind Olivia’s all white suit of armor in tonight’s premiere is revealed by “Scandal” costume designer, Lyn Paolo.

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**Below are snippets of the interview with Lyn Paolo.

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In last season’s finale, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Rosen (Joshua Malina) left Olivia a box full of evidence pertaining to the mole. But it was the white hat inside that really caught our attention. She was giving us Diana Ross in “Mahoghany” once she put it on.

I wanted it to have that sort of late ’70s/early ’80s wide-brim fedora style. It took three or four times to get it adjusted with the lighting and framing of Kerry’s face.

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Olivia pops up in the Season 3 sneak peek sporting yet another standout white piece, a Burberry Prorsum Double Duchess Caped Trench Coat from the Spring 2013 collection. How did you choose that look?

That was a tricky moment because obviously with the last season, everybody now knows Olivia’s name and she’s out there tied to the president. And in the scene that they used for the promo, she sees the president and I just wanted it to feel as though she was in a suit of armor. She was so hurt and conflicted, and she needed to know who put her name out there.

How does Kerry Washington keep all those whites so pristine?

Kerry Washington is a magician. She never seems to get even the tiniest speck of dirt on herself. She manages to wear things for 18 hours a day and she always looks brand new.

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Harrison Wright (Columbus Short) is one well-dressed man! His suit and tie combinations are impeccable. Where do you seek inspiration for his style?

I’m a huge fan of how British men dress, so when I’m in London I love how all the men are walking around and they’re not afraid of color, texture and accessories. That’s who I base Harrison on.

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Is there a designer that you’d love to work with more?

We are incorporating Alexander McQueen this year because that’s actually one of my favorite designers. But it changes each year depending on what everybody is doing. One year it might be perfect for Olivia, Melody or Abby but another season it’ll change completely. I love what Prada did with all of the gingham this year personally, but it won’t work on the show.

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Click HERE to read FULL interview.

Season 3 Premiere of SCANDAL TONIGHT 10/9c Only on ABC

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