Gladiators Rejoice: The "Scandal"-Inspired Clothing Line Is Here

It's Handled

Kerry Washington and "Scandal" costume designer Lyn Paolo have developed a new fashion line, inspired by the hit Shonda Rhimes drama, for The Limited.

Jun 26, 2014 | 03:49 PM

Wanna dress like Olivia Pope? It's been handled.

"Scandal" star Kerry Washington and series costume designer Lyn Paolo have developed a new affordable fashion line for The Limited, inspired by the iconic main character from hit Shonda Rhimes drama.

If you haven't seen "Scandal" on ABC, Kerry stars as Olivia Pope, a crisis manager with plenty of her own political, parental, and romantic crises—but indulging in her beloved wine and dressing in her gorgeous wardrobe never gives her any trouble. Pope leads a gang of "Gladiators in suits," while the show has garned a lot of attention for her own fashionable suits.

"Scandal" comes back for its fourth season this fall.

"People who love the look of the show can now step into this world in a way that is affordable and accessible because not everybody can afford to have the clothes they see on the show," Kerry said.

The real-life collection of stylish clothes, which we can only hope includes Olivia's satin pajamas and famous white hat, will debut online and in Limited stores on September 22 and will feature tops, pants, jackets, and outerwear, with prices starting at $49. 


This is the first major design collaboration between a national retailer and a high-rated network TV show, its costume designer, and star, as well as The Limited's first Hollywood collaboration.

Kerry has been involved in every step of the process with Paolo and Limited design head Elliot Staples, making sure the fashions stayed true to the show—and affordable.

"It’s been really fun to have a voice at every stage of the production from picking buttons, choosing fabrics and weighing in on hair and makeup people," Kerry said. "Being an actor who has worn fashion and being somebody who is a fixture on red carpets, I have been able to pull from every level of my experience, including working with magazines."

We can't wait to browse the collection and then strut up to the White House in one of Olivia Pope's incredible coats. (We can dream, can't we?)

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