In an interview with CNN, costume designer Lyn Paolo β€” who works on ABC's Scandal β€” explains how she dresses Kerry Washington for the part of Olivia Pope, the D.C. "fixer" based on real-life crisis management expert Judy Smith.

When you talk about Washington D.C., you think of dark gray and navy blue. Look at a picture of Congress. Everyone pretty much looks the same. ... My idea was, we should always have Olivia Pope standout in some way.