Behind the Style: 'Empire' Costume Designer Paolo Nieddu on Cookie's Wardrobe

Empire fans can't get enough of Cookie's style and for good reason, it's epic. The man behind the style, Empire costume desinger Paolo Nieddu spoke exclusively with Essence.com about some of his favorite looks and how they came about. Find out the secret behind Cookie's style here!

Dominique Hobdy Oct, 01, 2015

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"This corset could only be on one show: Empire. The Blondes make a lot of pieces for artists and entertainers and so it's fitting that Cookie would have a piece or two. She shows up at Laviticus like a warrior. We were inspired by Tina Turner in Mad Max."

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"Executive realness in this pink jacket! I loved this look. I actually found the skirt for $45 on eBay."

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"This was high glam. The coat was super thin cotton with texture, like a summer fur. It made an entrance."

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“She was like a dominatrix when she was rehearsing the girls in the high heels. I put those boots on on purpose.”

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"She wears the zebra [Emanuel Ungaro] jacket, that with a TopShop necklace. I love doing that."

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"When she pulls the dinner tablecloth—that's like a Sophia Loren moment."

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"I mix and match with Cookie, she's wearing Fendi in the second episode with a necklace from TopShop."