Spring is the season for corsage flowers – for spring dances, proms, graduation ceremonies, or even Mother’s Day! There are so many reasons at this time of year to buy someone special some gorgeous wearable flowers, whether a traditional corsage or a beautiful wristlet – and Billy Heroman’s Flowers has the freshest roses, orchids, lilies, and more.
Did You Know? The word corsage is of French origin, and means ‘the bodice of a dress’. Early on, the flowers pinned to the dress were called ‘bouquet de corsage’, but the term was eventually shortened.
Through the centuries, flowers have held many meanings and been used for various purposes. In ancient cultures, flowers were often used to ward off evil spirits and protect people from illness. This tradition was prolific in Europe. Women would often wear small bouquets of flowers on their dress, while men would wear a single flower or group of herbs in their lapel for the same reason. Wearing flowers was nearly an everyday occurrence for some time.
By the 17th century, people rarely believed that flowers would be a protection from evil, and medicine had progressed to the point that flowers were no longer considered necessary. Floral corsages became more of a luxury, and a traditional gift from a suitor to a young lady.