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How Michelle Obama inspires the costume design on 'Scandal,' 'Veep,' and 'House of Cards'

Forget about those drab, boxy business suits, the powerful female characters on today’s D.C.-set TV shows are wearing figure-flattering dresses, experimenting with bold colors and patterns, and even (gasp!) going sleeveless. And they all have Michelle Obama to thank.

The first lady hasn’t just changed the fashion landscape in our nation’s capital, she’s changed the way fictional Washingtonians look on the small screen.

“[Mrs. Obama] has made D.C. a little more feminine and much more modern,” explains Veep wardrobe designer Kathleen Felix Hager, who dresses Vice President Selina Meyers (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on the HBO series. “She took risks.”

“She did inspire us. There’s no doubt about that,” says Scandal designer Lyn Paolo, who pitched her vision of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) to ABC execs with an “anti-inspiration” vision board featuring practically every real-life D.C. power woman except Obama. “No disrespect, but I don’t think there are that many women in politics today that dress like Olivia Pope. They all wear red, white, and blue—all the time. Thank God Mrs. Obama is changing that.”

After taking over the wardrobe department on the Netflix series House of Cards, Johanna Argan also realized that when it comes to everyday dressing in Washington, unless you’re talking about FLOTUS, real-life inspirations are hard to come by. “I looked [at] women in power positions — in corporate America and in D.C., [but] there weren’t any specific women that stood out,” says Argan, who is responsible for Claire Underwood’s (Robin Wright) closet. “I used Mrs. Obama [as a reference] because she’s the most fashion-forward example of what we see right now.”

Read on for more on how Michelle Obama has influenced the costume design on Veep, House of Cards, and Scandal.

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'Scandal': How (and why) Olivia Pope's style has changed

As things get messier for Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) in season three, Scandal viewers may have noticed that she’s dressing differently.

But costume designer Lyn Paolo says it’s the true Gladiators who have figured out that the wardrobe changes are as well thought-out as the show’s many plot twists.

“I’m intrigued by our Gladiators because they now understand these tiny little clues that we give through the clothes [that provide insight into] her mental state,” says Paolo, who points out that as her life has gotten more complicated, Pope has moved from wearing a mostly neutral, tone-on-tone wardrobe in silks and other light fabrics to bundling up in more textured pieces and bolder prints. “It’s all minimalistic changes, but what’s really fascinating is that the audience gets it.”

There’s even one costume detail that might hold the key to a major secret about Olivia.  READ FULL STORY

'Scandal': The obsession with all things Olivia Pope

Scandal fans aren’t just obsessed with what’s in Olivia Pope’s closet.

Gladiators want to know every detail of the character’s look and lifestyle — from her signature nail polish color to where she bought those fishbowl wine glasses — and they’re getting it thanks to a slew of as-seen-on-TV blogs and Scandal-inspired fashion and beauty stories.

Read on for the rundown of the best sources for intel on Olivia Pope’s hairstyle, skincare regimen, and even her home decor.

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Style Hunter: Everything Olivia Pope is wearing in the 'Scandal' sneak peek clip

Olivia Pope’s life may be unravelling, but you’d never know it by looking at her threads.

In a sneak peek clip from the season three premiere of Scandal, D.C.’s most fashionable fixer wears a muted outfit that is the perfect contrast to the intensity of the situation she finds herself in.

We got the head-to-toe rundown on Olivia’s look — we warn you, it’s not cheap being Olivia Pope — from Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo, who will help launch a special fashion partnership between the ABC series and retail giant Saks Fifth Avenue next week.  Read on for all the details.

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