is a British magazine published by
focusing on fashion and lifestyle, as well as coverage of high society
and politics. It is targeted towards the British upper-middle class
and upper class, and those interested in society events. Its
readership is the wealthiest of all Condé Nast's publications. It
was founded in 1901 by Clement Shorter.
also has editions in
local languages in mainland China, Taiwan and Russia. The editions in
Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and the
Philippines are in English.
promotes indigenous British culture
by arranging "debutante ball" events in these foreign countries.
2 Little Black Book
3 Editors and contributors
3.1 Past and present editors
3.2 Past contributors
4 Other editions
6 Further reading
7 External links
Tatler was introduced on 3 July 1901, by Clement Shorter, publisher of
The Sphere. It was named after the original literary and society
journal founded by
Richard Steele in 1709. For some time a weekly
publication, it had a subtitle varying on "an illustrated journal of
society and the drama". It contained news and pictures of high society
balls, charity events, race meetings, shooting parties, fashion and
gossip, with cartoons by "The Tout" and H. M. Bateman.
In 1940, it absorbed The Bystander, creating a publication called The
Tatler and Bystander. In 1961, Illustrated Newspapers, which
published Tatler, The Sphere, and The Illustrated London News, was
bought by Roy Thomson. In 1965,
Tatler was rebranded London
Life. In 1968, it was bought by Guy Wayte's Illustrated County
Magazine group and the
Tatler name restored. Wayte's group had a
number of county magazines in the style of Tatler, each of which mixed
the same syndicated content with county-specific local content.
Wayte, "a moustachioed playboy of a conman" was convicted of fraud
in 1980 for inflating the Tatler's circulation figures from 15,000 to
The magazine was sold and relaunched as a monthly magazine in 1977,
Tatler & Bystander until 1982.
Tina Brown (editor
1979–83), created a vibrant and youthful
Tatler and is credited with
putting the edge, the irony and the wit back into what was then an
almost moribund social title. She referred to it as an upper-class
comic and by increasing its influence and circulation made it an
interesting enough operation for the then owner, Gary Bogard, to sell
to the Publishers Condé Nast. Brown subsequently transferred to New
York to another
Condé Nast title, Vanity Fair.
After several later editors and a looming recession and the magazine
was once again ailing, and Jane Procter was brought in to re-invent
the title for the 1990s. The circulation rose to over 90,000, a figure
which was exceeded five years later by Geordie Greig. The magazine
created various supplements including The Travel and Restaurant
Guides, the often referred to and closely watched Most Invited and The
Little Black Book lists, as well as various parties.
Kate Reardon became editor in 2011. She was previously a fashion
assistant on American Vogue and then, aged 21, became the youngest
ever fashion director of Tatler. Under Reardon's directorship,
Tatler has retained its position as having the wealthiest audience of
Condé Nast's magazines, exceeding an average of $175,000 in 2013.
Reardon left the title at the end of 2017. At the beginning of
February 2018, the appointment of
Richard Dennen as the new editor of
Tatler was announced. He will take up the post on 12 February.
In 2014, the
BBC broadcast a three-part fly-on-the-wall documentary
television series, titled Posh People: Inside Tatler, featuring the
editorial team going about their various jobs.
Little Black Book
One of Tatler's most talked about annual features is the Little Black
Book. The supplement is a compilation of "the most eligible, most
beddable, most exotically plumaged birds and blokes in town", and
individuals previously featured have included those from a number of
backgrounds: aristocrats and investment bankers sit alongside
celebrities and those working in the media sector.
Editors and contributors
Past and present editors
Killed 14 November 1941 by a train at Savernake station,
Reginald Stewart Hooper
Died in office. Previously editor of
The Bystander from 1932.
Col. Sean Fielding
Later of the Daily Express.
Lt-Col. Philip Youngman-Carter
Earlier worked for Fielding as editor of Soldier.
Harry Aubrey Fieldhouse
Officially "editorial director" of London Life. He was also the Times
political cartoonist and creator of The Sunday Times Magazine.
The first woman, and only American, editor.
Second term; retired just before his death from brain cancer.
Resigned to become editor of the Evening Standard.
Previously editor of the Evening Standard's ES magazine, resigned
Previously contributing editor of Vanity Fair and fashion editor of
Tatler before that. Also a columnist for the
Daily Mail and The
Isabella Blow – Contributing fashion editor-at-large
Clare Milford Haven
Clare Milford Haven – Social editor
Diana Mitford – commissioned to write a Letters from Paris section
in the 1960s.
Christina Broom – photographer
There are also 14 Tatlers in Asia – Hong Kong (launched 1977),
Singapore (1982), Malaysia (1989), Thailand (1991), Indonesia (2000),
Philippines (2001), Beijing (2001), Shanghai (2001), Macau, Taiwan
(2008), Chongqing (2010), Jiangsu (2010), Sichuan (2010) and Zhejiang
(2010). The Asian Tatlers are now owned by the Swiss-based Edipresse
^ "Mag ABCs: Full circulation round-up for the first half of 2013".
Press Gazette. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
^ a b "
Tatler Media Pack" (PDF). Condé Nast.
Tatler and Bystander Front Cover]
^ City Editor (28 November 1961). "
Magazine Group Purchased By Mr.
Thomson New Development Planned, "Illustrated" Ring Accept Offer". The
Times. p. 12,col.G. access-date= requires url= (help)CS1
maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
^ a b c "Editor For 'London Life'". The Times. 20 November 1965.
p. 6,col.C. access-date= requires url= (help)
^ a b Riley, Sam G. (1993). Consumer magazines of the British Isles.
Historical guides to the world's periodicals and newspapers. Greenwood
Press. p. 209. ISBN 0-313-28562-4.
^ a b c "The truth about the new Tatler". The Observer. 10 March 1968.
p. 40. access-date= requires url= (help)
^ "Queen of society revels in the spirit of mischief". The Guardian.
London. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
^ "Former magazine chief is convicted of fraud". The Guardian. 1
February 1980. p. 2. access-date= requires url= (help)
^ "Everyone loves new
Tatler editor Kate Reardon". Evening Standard.
21 December 2010.
Tatler magazine appoints new editor
Richard Dennen who went to
university with Kate and William". London Evening Standard. 1 February
2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
^ "Posh People: Inside Tatler".
BBC Programmes. BBC. Retrieved 24
^ "Obituaries: Mr. Edward Huskinson". The Times. 19 November 1941.
p. 7,col.E. access-date= requires url= (help)
^ "Obituary: Mr. R. S. Hooper". The Times. 4 September 1945.
p. 6,col.E. access-date= requires url= (help)
^ "Resignation of Editor Of 'The Tatler'". The Times. 20 September
1954. p. 4; col F. access-date= requires url= (help)
^ Philip Youngman-Carter, by B.A. Pike, The Margery Allingham Society
^ Wintour, Charles (11 March 1993). "Obituary: Harry Fieldhouse". The
Independent. London. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
^ Garner, Raymond (29 March 1978). "Raymond Garner takes tea with the
Tatler, which is reborn next week with an American editor". The
Guardian. p. 11. access-date= requires url= (help)
^ 300 Years of Telling Tales, Britain’s
Tatler Still Thrives Eric
Pfaner, The New York Times, 5 October 2009, p.B7
^ Morris, Rupert (6 July 1983). "
Libby Purves forced to resign by
Tatler ethos". The Times. p. 3, col.D. access-date=
requires url= (help)
^ a b c d Brook, Stephen (10 February 2009). "Catherine Ostler
Tatler editor". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19
^ Perera, Shyama (21 July 1988). "Tributes as cartoonist Mark Boxer
dies at 57". The Guardian. p. 20. access-date= requires
^ also sacked very publicly Lane, Harriet (23 May 1999). "Tatler
editor missing believed culled". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19
^ 'The Entertaining Mr Sloane: An Interview With Geordie Greig', The
Observer, 1 May 2005
^ a b Luft, Oliver (3 February 2009). "New
Tatler editor to be
announced next week as
Geordie Greig departs". The Guardian. London.
Retrieved 19 October 2009.
Tatler editor Catherine Ostler to step down. Press Gazette, 20
^ "Catherine Ostler steps down as editor of Tatler". mediaweek.co.uk.
Retrieved 23 March 2018.
"The Story of Tatler: A 300-year frolic through Tatler's history, from
coffee-house tri-weekly to glossy monthly". Tatler: 71–114. November
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