The fashion of Fox’s ‘Empire’
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The fashion of Fox’s ‘Empire’

From the moment she strutted out of prison in a skin-tight tiger-print dress, full-length white mink coat and gold stilettos in Episode 1, Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson) became an instant fashion icon. She’s seen above with Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard. (Chuck Hodes / Fox)
“Cookie’s the queen of the jungle,” says “Empire” costume designer Rita McGhee, who often puts her leading lady in animal prints. “She’s a tiger mom, a lioness who’s waiting to pounce. Any kind of animal print or skin I can find really adds to the character.” (Chuck Hodes / Fox)
Being able to pull off such a glitzy look isn’t easy, but Henson, who sashays through nearly every scene like an old-school catwalker, is up for the challenge. (Chuck Hodes / Fox)
Cookie, right, is seen meeting Camilla (guest star Naomi Campbell) in the “The Lyon’s Roar.”  (Matt Dinerstein / Fox)
If you gleaned a retro vibe emanating from the talon nails, heavy gold jewelry and fedoras sported by Cookie, the ex-wife of a music mogul, that’s purposeful. (Chuck Hodes / Fox)
“Empire’s” male stars are also some of TV’s most fashionably clad characters, with Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon, left, leading the pack. He’s pictured with Bryshere Gray, who plays one of his three sons on the show. (Chuck Hodes / Fox)
“Empire” costume designer Rita McGhee. (Bek Anderson)
Behind the scenes with “Empire” costume designer Rita McGhee. (Bek Anderson)