This spring, England plays host to four exhibits focused on designers, couture, and iconic style. Plus, our Virtuoso insiders’ city guide to London.

Kensington Palace

Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace displays many of Lady Di’s most memorable looks – such as the strapless velvet dress she wore while dancing with John Travolta at the White House in 1985. Through 2017.

Top photo: Princess Diana exhibit/Historic Royal Palaces.


Chatsworth, a grand estate in the Peak District owned by the Cavendish family, has debuted House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth. The exhibit, sponsored in part by Gucci and curated by Vogue’s Hamish Bowles, features sartorial gems ranging from the costumes of Tudor-era doyenne Bess of Hardwick to the personal effects of John F. Kennedy’s sister Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy and 1990s supermodel Stella Tennant. Through October 22.

The dowager duchess of Devonshire with Stella Tennant at Chatsworth. (Photo: Mario Testino)

Fashion and Textile Museum

The World of Anna Sui at the Fashion and Textile Museum marks the first UK retrospective of an American designer’s work. Sui, whose career launched in the early 1990s, is known for her raucous bohemian-meets-Victorian prints and rock ’n’ roll ethos. May 26 through October 1.

Designer Anna Sui.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum exhibits Cristóbal Balenciaga’s exquisite designs. Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion includes more than 100 garments and hats, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the influential Spanish couturier’s fashion-house opening. May 27 through February 18, 2018.

Cristóbal Balenciaga’s “envelope dress.” (Photo: Hiro)