August 18, 2022
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When Christine Baranski’s character on “The Gilded Age” appears to be like out her window on the mansion throughout the road, she sees the equal of a Trump on line casino.

“She’s completely appalled by what cash goes to do to her world,” Ms. Baranski mentioned. “It was simply wretched extra. Nevertheless it was an excellent time that celebrated the brand new American aristocracy.”

Attending the Met Gala for the primary time in her 50-year profession, Ms. Baranski anticipated to see some parallels between that “age of rampant capitalism” and now — however from a slight distance.

“I’m carrying huge Thom Browne sun shades so I can ogle folks with out them understanding I’m taking a look at them,” the actress mentioned, laughing. (She has a notably wonderful snort.)

Ms. Baranski additionally wore a full Thom Browne look: a floor-length tailor-made cape with a floor-length skirt, each lined in matte black sequins, which have been made in Switzerland particularly for Ms. Baranski. Beneath the cape, she wore a white bow tie and corset tied over a white shirt with a wingtip collar.

When she heard the gala’s theme was “gilded glamour,” Ms. Baranski’s preliminary worry was, “Am I going to have to pull some gigantic prepare up the steps?” she mentioned. “Many of the girls who will present up may not ever have worn a corset, or heavy velvet, or brocade, or beading. I’ve spent 15-hour days in costumes like that,” together with the week earlier than the gala when taking pictures started on the second season of “The Gilded Age.”

“However after I noticed Thom’s sketch, I mentioned, ‘Oh, that’s so elegant and stately and modern, but it surely’s trendy, and I don’t have to pull something round,’” she mentioned.

Ms. Baranski additionally loved feeling “extra like a gentleman in the Gilded Age than a woman,” she mentioned. “I at all times most well-liked males’s tailoring in style to girls’s.” She likes to buy in London at Turnbull & Asser — “oh God, these shirts!” — and mentioned the happiest she has ever been in black tie was on the Emmy Awards in 2010 when, as an alternative of a robe, she wore a classic Yves Saint Laurent jacket and Ralph Lauren satin trousers.

But there may be nonetheless a “Cinderella feeling” about the entire affair — “a magic about it,” she mentioned — in half as a result of Monday can be her seventieth birthday.

“You already know, most individuals freak out about coming into a decade, and I’m like, ‘OK, convey it on,’” she mentioned. “I’ve by no means been busier.” (The day after the Met gala, she’s going to shoot “The Good Struggle” for 2 days, then journey to Newport, R.I., to shoot “The Gilded Age.”)

“I feel I’ll rejoice it over the course of many days or many weeks or possibly only for a complete decade, who is aware of.”

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