Scandal Costume Designer Lyn Paolo Explains Looks From Season 3, Episode 2

Kerry Washington in Scandal and Lyn Paolo
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Secrets from Olivia’s past were revealed in last night’s Scandal! We found out more about her rocky relationship with her father and her early (and dangerous!) encounters with a homeless Huck. With so many flashbacks during Episode 2, it meant only one thing for Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope: 14 outfit changes! Costume designer Lyn Paolo gave the scoop on how she distinguishes Olivia’s past looks from her present ones. “In flashbacks, we use items that are just a little sweeter and a little less elegant than what she wears now,” Paolo said. To contrast those softer looks, Olivia wears a structured gray Escada suit in most of the episode's "present day" scenes. “We went darker with this suit and it’s Olivia at her toughest,” the costume designer explained. Click through the gallery to learn more about the looks from last night’s episode, including one of Olivia's flashback outfits!

—Janelle Grodsky

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