period piece

noun

Definition of period piece

: a work (as of literature, art, furniture, cinema, or music) whose special value lies in its evocation of a historical period

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Pico & Sepulveda Another period piece, this one set in the 1840s in the then-Mexican state of California, follows the war at the border as Americans lay claim to the area. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Shonda Rhimes Announces a Slate of Eight New Shows for Netflix," 21 July 2018 And in 2005, Chanel was the subject of a Costume Institute exhibition that juxtaposed period pieces with Lagerfeld’s creations. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died," 19 Feb. 2019 Colman played the British monarch in Hyde Park on Hudson, a period piece centering on FDR, years before there was any talk of her appearing on The Crown. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Olivia Colman Is the Latest British Star to Make it Stateside," 3 Jan. 2019 The Favourite upends the concept of a staid period piece, and with it, our understanding of history. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Ending of The Favourite: In Real Life, Lady Marlborough Got the Last Laugh," 5 Jan. 2019 In addition to viewing costumes, weaponry, utensils, tents and other period pieces, visitors could listen to accounts from reenactors who are ardent students of the nation’s bloodiest war. Denys Bucksten, chicagotribune.com, "Civil War Days in Lake County a trip back in time," 9 July 2018 This is particularly true for a period piece like Greenwood Avenue, a film set in 1920s Tusla, Oklahoma, which called for the restoration of luxurious 1920s fashions (think flapper dresses, tuxedos, top hats). Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "'Greenwood Avenue' Costume Designer Talks the Importance of 1920s Black Fashion," 28 Sep. 2018 But fashion, especially dramatic period pieces, had been an escape. Amanda Fitzsimons, Glamour, "Batsheva Hay Is Redefining Sexy—With Prairie Dresses," 2 Aug. 2018 Keira Knightley period pieces are 100 percent my thing, and this one looks great. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Christopher Robin, Goosebumps 2, and more," 14 July 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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period piece

noun

English Language Learners Definition of period piece

: something (such as a play, a movie, or a piece of furniture) that is from, set in, or typical of a particular time in history

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