'Empire' Fashion: Meet the 'Scientist' Behind Cookie Lyon's Most Outrageous Outfits

by Raphael Chestang 7:01 PM PDT, September 30, 2015
Playing 'Empire' Fashion: Meet the 'Scientist' Behind Cookie Lyon's Most Outrageous Outfits

ET got an inside look at the inspiration for some of Empire's most recognizable outfits.

From rabbit fur vests to leather leggings, Empire's Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) has one of the most talked about wardrobe closets of any character in TV history. When ET's Kevin Frazier sat down with Henson in Chicago, she referred him to the "scientist" behind the clothes, costume designer Paolo Nieddu.

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"I draw inspiration from old Hollywood, rappers, Diana Ross...," Nieddu revealed to ET. "My favorite is the first time Cookie busts into Lucious' office."

Fans became so obsessed over Cookie's wardrobe that Fox created a page called Cookie's Closet, which features the show's high-end looks from designers like Moschino and Alexander McQueen.

Paolo has gotten so good at dressing Henson, he's developed X-ray vision!

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"He can tell what kind of bra I have on," Taraji told ET. "He can look at my shirt and say, 'Did you put the bra on that I left in your room?'"

Empire airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.