By  on November 20, 2015

Lyn Paolo is no stranger to dressing for the White House. The British costume designer has outfitted scores of television actors portraying power players on “The West Wing” and “Scandal.” For her work on the latter, the hit ABC drama that was created by Shonda Rhimes and features Kerry Washington as gladiator-in-white Olivia Pope, Paolo was honored as Costume Designer of the Year at the Variety and WWD Stylemakers event.

According to Washington, Paolo is such a force that she “shuts things down” just like Pope. She’s also compassionate enough to cry with her leading lady when they both collapsed from making 19 costume changes in a single episode.

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