‘Scandal’ Costume Designer Says Olivia Pope-Inspired Fashion Line Is Being Considered

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July 19, 2013 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Source: ABC

Source: ABC

There are many things that fans love about Scandal protagonist Olivia Pope, one of those things being her fabulous fashion sense. On Thursday night’s when new episodes are generally premiered, Twitter is filled with viewers gasping at the show’s heart-pounding twists and turns and commenting on Olivia’s super chic get-ups. But what if there were a way to give fans a piece of Olivia Pope’s closet through an inspired clothing line? Would they wear the items? Would they be able to afford them? These are some of the questions being considered by the show’s costume designer, Lyn Paolo, as she entertains the idea.

“We’ve been talking about how we could create something aspirational for the audience–like, something that Olivia Pope might wear–but not so aspirational that it was out of reach for most of our gladiators,” Paolo told Fashionista.com

“We’re just throwing around ideas with several different people, and getting a sense if we can do it and learningabout the parameters. We’re trying to figure out how to do it so that it’s not too out of the price range that most people can afford, and yet somehow create something for people to have a piece of the Olivia Pope look.” she continued.

Paolo also shared where she found inspiration for Pope’s coveted style.

“Because Olivia Pope was a different kind of character than we’ve seen on TV before–an exceptionally powerful woman–I drew my references from fashion. I looked at images of Lauren Hutton from the ’70s and I had Kate Hepburn on the board–she always wore pants. Even silly things like I had Queen Elizabeth I. I just got a bunch of iconic images of really strong women through history and it was more fashion-based then it was based on any previous [political] administration.

At the same time, when you’re a strong women in any business, I think a lot of people can find that intimidating and so I wanted to soften Olivia Pope’s edge a bit.”

While there has been no word if the line will actually happen or not, it seems like a pretty good idea.

Would purchase Olivia Pope-inspired clothing if the price was right?

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  • Enubis20

    YES! A thousand times “yes!”

  • kickash

    I’m sure it couldn’t be any worse than the line Nicki Minaj had at Kmart. Olivia Pope had some really cute pieces on the show. If they were to put out a cute jacket or something in my price range I would consider buying it. I’m a big fan of Scandal but I’m not gonna buy something just because it’s Olivia Pope related. I’d only get something if I really liked it.

  • Nia

    She dresses okay, nothing great. I know I hate seeing her carry a black bag with her winter white coat. And wtf is up with her wearing them long arse white gloves? Olivia Pope is overrated.

  • adiatc

    Lame!!! I would not purchase. Using what you see on the TV or in magazines for inspiration is great. But I am so over seeing women on the street being the cheap and tacky carbon copies of every style or trend they see in the media!!

    This is just another ploy to get us to be mindless consumers. They push it, we buy it!

    Create your own style! Control your own image and your pocketbooks. If you want a winter white dress, then do the work and search for one that matches your body style, lifestyle and budget. If that’s too hard, stick to what you know. Just be yourself!

    • IllyPhilly

      I 98% agree. I laugh when I see seventeen people, all strangers to one another, but dressed practically in the same outfits daily.