SOCIAL CLASSES: Tatler’s long been known as England’s society bible, and now the Condé Nast title is putting its pedigree into practice.
The magazine has teamed with London’s Debrett’s Training Academy to launch The Debretts and Tatler School of Etiquette. Debrett’s, an authority on British etiquette founded in 1769, publishes Debrett’s People of Today, which names notable people in British society.0
And the new school is targeting those of all ages who are anxious to polish their social skills. The courses include Coming of Age, a one-day course for 13- to 16-year-olds, which advises on “how to communicate with adults” and digital etiquette; Finishing School, a two-day course for those 17 and older on how to “develop their social language, presentation and people skills to maximize their personal impact,” and Best of British, a two-day course designed to impart “how to navigate British culture, etiquette and traditions, including the rules of the British social season.”
The school, which launches this month, also offers Style and The Season, a guide to the various dress codes of the British social season. Prices for the classes start at 550 pounds or $842, for a Coming of Age group class to 1,500 pounds or $2,297 for a Best of British private session, at current exchange.
Joanne Milner, chief executive officer of Debretts said: “It has become increasingly apparent that confidence and an awareness of etiquette and soft skills are not only an asset in the workplace, but also determine one’s individual success across all aspects of modern life,” she said. “With a combined heritage of over 545 years of British society, Tatler and Debrett’s make the perfect partnership for launching this bespoke school of etiquette.” Gavanndra Hodge, acting editor of Tatler, added that the courses “will transform you into a perfectly polished, stylish, confident, polite and funny social highflier. In just two days.”