If you look at portraits from history, you may see single flowers worn in a woman’s hair or a crown of flowers for both men and women. Portraits also show women wearing large bouquets of flowers off the shoulder or on a gown. These bouquets were cumbersome and awkward looking. Today, the bouquet of flowers is called a corsage; it is lighter and easier to wear.
Corsages are worn to honor people, such as recipients of awards, or for other special occasions. At a baby shower, the mother- to-be is honored with a corsage that is usually pink or blue for the baby’s gender or both if the gender is not known. Groups often wear corsages to symbolize patriotism, a memorial, awareness or their convictions to a cause. The flowers chosen are often symbolic to the cause as well as the ribbons used to decorate the corsage.
The corsage is a remembrance of the occasion. Some are made of silk, which keeps easily. Even fresh flower corsages are dried. The corsage is designed not only to match attire, but also to match the personality of the wearer. Giving a corsage tells the recipient she is important. Take the time to find out what a person’s favorite flower is, what she is wearing, and how you want to honor her.
A corsage originally referred to the bodice of a woman’s dress. Since a bouquet of flowers was often worn in the center of the bodice, the flowers took on the name “corsage.” Our modern sense of the corsage comes from the French “bouquet de corsage,” meaning “a bouquet of the bodice.” Although the placement of the flowers might have changed, the name stuck and is still used to refer to any small bouquet of flowers worn on the body.
The wearing of a corsage at weddings dates to the time of the ancient Greeks, who believed that the fragrances of flowers and herbs warded off evil spirits. Not only the bride but other females at the wedding held flower bouquets or attached them to their clothing.
Special occasions for corsages are weddings,gala’s,proms or in some countries also with funerals. The corsage was originally worn at the waist or the bodice of a dress. Later, it became common to pin flowers to the shoulder or on a handbag. Corsages today may even be tied around a wrist, neck, ankle or worn in the hair.
Until about 15 years ago florists had to use a wiring-technic to create a corsage ,nowadays they use a special floral-glue wich gives them a lot more freedom in their creativity .
In most countries the corsage for a man is slightly bigger than the one for a woman, for a man-corsage mostly bigger flowers or just one big flower ( a Boutonniere ) is used ,like a rose or a carnation and sometimes with one leaf ( like Hedera or Galax ) added to it. For a woman mostly two flowers of the same kind in different sizes are used. Okay this is really old-school and a lot more is possible !.
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