Kerry Washington's Red Carpet Style
As crisis manager Olivia Pope on ABC's sexy thriller Scandal (the fourth season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 25!), Kerry Washington kills it in power suits and come-hither gowns. Even more to our liking? Her red-carpet style. "Kerry's choices reflect the strong, confident woman she is," says Calvin Klein’s creative director Francisco Costa. Whether she's sparkling in a neutral Miu Miu number (left), or sporting a checkered Louis Vuitton sheath (right), the former ballerina, who jetéed into the spotlight in Save the Last Dance, is always on point.
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In Prabal Gurung, 2018
Washington supported the Time's Up protest at the 2018 Golden Globes in a sequined Prabal Gurung dress with a thigh-high slit.
In Paolo Sebastian Couture, 2018
The Scandal star looked whimsical in a Paolo Sebastian Couture sheer illusion A-line dress with bold floral embroidery at the 2018 Producers Guild Awards.
In Michael Kors, 2017
Washington showed some skin at the 2017 Met Gala in a cut-out Michael Kors dress with bold mixed prints.
In Cavalli Couture, 2017
The Confirmation actress wore an embellished white off-the-shoulder Cavalli Couture gown to the 2017 SAG Awards. Bold eyeshadow and a sleek blowout polished off the red carpet look.
In Rodarte, 2017
Washington paired an edgy bob with her plunging, high-low Rodarte lace dress at the 2017 Producers Guild Awards. Sexy see-through heels completed the modern look.
In Dolce & Gabbana, Alta Moda Collection, 2017
At the 2017 Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle Golden Globes after-party, Washington donned this gorgeous metallic number from Dolce & Gabbana that featured a bustier-style bodice, sheer skirt, and rhinestone embellishments. She choose a dark lip and smoky eye for the night.
In Brandon Maxwell, 2016
Maternity style will never be the same! The pregnant star stunned at the Emmy Awards.
In Dolce & Gabbana, 2016
The actress packed on the florals for the Los Angeles premiere of Confirmation, gracing the red carpet in a garden party-ready Dolce & Gabbana dress that she styled with a floral-embellished Dolce & Gabbana box clutch and black strappy sandals.
In Atelier Versace, 2016
In Ulyana Sergeenko Couture, 2016
Washington was a darling at the 33rd Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles presentation of Scandal in a hand-knitted Yelets lace Ulyana Sergeenko Couture creation, complete with minimalist sandals.
In Prada, 2015
Washington contrasted a pink ballgown with jade accessories at the Met Gala.
In Miu Miu, 2015
She walked the Oscars red carpet in a champagne-colored peplum gown embroidered with fronds.
In David Koma, 2015
An intricate beadwork pattern and a sliver of midriff defined her two-piece ensemble at a magazine awards event.
In Adam Lippes, 2015
Washington redefined suiting-up with the white tuxedo dress she wore to Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Celebration.
In Alice + Olivia, 2015
The Scandal actress selected a jumpsuit with a beaded bodice for an ABC Upfront event.
In Prada, 2015
Washington headed to an after party for the Met Gala's China: Through the Looking Glass benefit in a gray silk dress embroidered with multi-hued paillettes.
In Balenciaga, 2015
At the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Washington posed in an elegant black dress with ruched sleeves and a halter neckline.
In Hellessy, 2015
Washington wore a plunging gown in burgundy and plum at the GLAAD Media Awards.
In Calvin Klein Collection, 2014
The then-pregnant actress chose a flowing asymmetrical dress in a cerulean hue for the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.
In Marchesa, 2013
Washington walked the Emmys red carpet wearing the finale look from the 2013 Marchesa show, an ethereal white gown embellished with flowers.
In Louis Vuitton, 2013
The actress sported a dress in the brand's iconic damier pattern—which made its debut in 1889 on canvas used for LV trunks—to a Berlin photocall for Django Unchained.
In Prabal Gurung, 2013
Washington posed outside the Late Show with David Letterman studio in a floral halter dress with sheer, billowy sleeves.
In Miu Miu, 2013
For the Golden Globes, Washington wore a neutral stretch-tulle gown embroidered with Swarovski crystals.
In Monique Lhuillier, 2012
An artsy splash print lent whimsy to Washington's look for the Hollywood Film Awards Gala.
In Calvin Klein, 2012
"The fresh hue lends a youthful energy to this sophisticated dress," said Calvin Klein Collection's Francisco Costa of the elegant gown Washington wore for the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
In Temperley London, 2012
The actress selected a fuchsia wrap gown with ruching at the hip for the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards.
In Marchesa, 2011
A draped silk chiffon gown with crystal detailing was Washington's look of choice for a magazine awards event.
In Ralph Lauren Collection, 2011
It took nearly 800 hours for embroiderers to hand-sew the tiny charlotte-cut beads onto this art deco-inspired gown, which she wore to Lincoln Center Presents: An Evening with Ralph Lauren.