stage set


Definition of stage set

: scenery and properties designed and arranged for a particular scene in a play

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French illustrator Monsieur Z created step-and-repeats and stage sets of playful Riviera scenes: think sunshine yellow chairs at the Monte Carlo Beach Club, and a rosy-hued rendering of the Prince's Palace. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "When Royalty Mingled With an Italian Elvis: Inside Bal de la Rose, Monaco’s Most Glamorous Night," 4 Apr. 2019 This one definitely has a fantasy element, a sense of theater, like a stage set. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Amanda Lindroth on Decorating an Old-Fashioned House with Island Spririt," 3 Nov. 2014 Nice, Cannes, and a string of small fishing towns—St.-Tropez, Antibes, Cagnes-sur-Mer—became stage sets. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 The conductor knew Roux from his work on scenery for stage sets, and the two of them visited nearby châteaus for inspiration. Melissa Biggs Bradley, House Beautiful, "William Christie on Reviving a 16th-Century French Estate," 1 Sep. 2013 Jamison Carter’s new sculptures are like stage sets for splendor, together forming a Potemkin village of triumphal bliss. Christopher Knight,, "Jamison Carter's sculptures: Like a carpenter's guide to the cosmos, or earthbound explosions of space," 14 June 2018 The first of many stage sets for James Taylor’s concert at the Sprint Center on Tuesday depicted a comfortable home in a wooded area. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "James Taylor proves there's still something in the way he moves, and sings | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 The factory attic stage set is beautiful and appalling. Hugh Hunter,, "'Diary of Anne Frank' at People's Light: A girl grows up, and horror descends," 27 Feb. 2018 Pool cabanas, with Louis XVI chairs and piles of cushions, look like stage sets, and rooms have a monochrome palette and the odd splash of yellow in the form of a Droog (Wanders’s design firm) armchair or sofa. Condé Nast Traveler, "Mondrian South Beach," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of stage set

1861, in the meaning defined above

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