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Title: Corsage
Identifier: X964.100.148
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1920-1950
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A corsage of pink velvet roses of multiple shades with 5 green leaves in back.

A corsage is a bouquet of flowers attached to a dress as a fashion accessory. They are often a gift from one's date for the occasion. They may also be worn to formal college dances, to church services on Christmas and Easter, and by the mothers of the bride and groom at a wedding. Historically, a corsage was worn pinned to the bodice of a dress or suit at the shoulder. _

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."

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. In the 20th century, it became common for escorts to present their dates with corsages, particularly for formal dances and proms. As women's dresses have changed to styles with spaghetti straps or no straps, it has become more common for women to wear the flowers on the wrist. _
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