Lashing on the tan in Satsuma Nation
In 1926 Coco Chanel stepped off the Duke of Wellington's yacht at Cannes and into the glare of awaiting cameras. The designer had spent too long in the sun accidentally, but because of her status it was interpreted as a fashion statement. For centuries until then, a pale skin was associated with the upper class and quite the fashion statement at the time, whereas brown shades spoke of outdoor labour and the working class. With the development of foreign tourism and the nod from Coco, a tanned skin stood for something very different, status and money.