The corsage is probably fashion's first ever accessory: a spray of flowers pinned to clothes has always been the fastest - and most inexpensive - ways to decorate an outfit. But always glamorous...
Olivia de Havilland
Marlene with Douglas Fairbanks Jr, 1937
Jacques Fath ball gown, 1953
Manolo Blahnik and Anjelica Huston
Dress by Maggy Rouff, 1932
Fashion editorial shot in Mexico for Vogue, 1968
Ann Sothern. Love the zebra set.
Jeanne Crain in furs with a festive corsage
Life Magazine, c.1930s
Dina Merrill. Great manicure.
Life Magazine, 1951
Grace Kelly with real orchids on her neck
Tallulah Bankhead. Butter wouldn't melt...
Rita Hayworth and her luscious red hair
French model Capucine, c.1950s
Marlene Dietrich: timeless style
Corsages continue appear on the runway every season. These blooms couldn't look less 'prom date'...
Dita von Teese in Alexis Mabille
Heidi Klum in vintage James Galanos
Fashion Gone Rogue
One of the reasons for a renewed interest in corsages is Carrie Bradshaw. For the first two seasons she was rarely seen without a flower pinned to her dress or coat.
For the final episode Carrie wore a Sonia Rykiel jumper with oversize fabric rosette, as a nod to her love of corsages. Unsurprisingly, it sold out everywhere.
Since Juno Says Hello began in 2009, we've sold several corsage dresses. This was one of my personal favourites - part of a collection that I bought from the estate of one of the original financiers of Disneyland California. A 1960s jade silk crepe dress with a shocking pink rose corsage on the back:
We sold this dress last year - a beautiful 1950s black grosgrain silk wrap-style frock with blue velvet rose detail:
We have an original 1950s prom dress in stock at the moment: pale lemon net with cornflower blue corsages on the skirt and bodice. To view in our online boutique click here.
Basia Zarzycka makes beautiful silk corsages using Victorian tools and flower presses. It's very difficult to leave her shop on Sloane Square empty handed! To view a selection of her corsages online click here. Please add other recommendations in the comments box.
The next blog will be beauty-focused: manicures. From the half-moon tips of the 1940s femme fatale to the red talons of the 1980s, plus beauty editorial pages from vintage Vogues and a competition to win Tom Ford nail polish.
Corsage with champagne