Kerry Washington plays the ultimate fixer on ABC’s hit show Scandal. Her character Olivia Pope runs her own law firm, Pope and Associates, maintains a relationship with the President, and manages to keep Washington scandal free all while looking impeccable in an array of designer duds. “She’s very tailored and put together. I try to think about the way she dresses as she’s a powerhouse,” Washington told InStyle.com. And whether she’s on the job in a Max Mara coat, celebrating the President’s birthday in a vintage Fares gown, or attending a political function wearing a black and white Escada sheath, Washington’s Olivia Pope looks are the perfect complement to the ever-changing political landscape. Click through the gallery to get the inside scoop from costume designer Lyn Paolo about all of Washington’s outfits from this season of Scandal, and tune in for new episodes Thursdays at 10/9c.

— Angela Salazar