For over 47 years, couture bridal gown designer Yumi Katsura has been a pioneer within the bridal industry. Born in Tokyo, Japan and growing to having learned haute couture techniques from "Les Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Parisinne", her sense of style and technique have led her to launching gowns with new lace, signature fabrics (having developed satin taffeta, a satin fabric with a taffeta texture) and trademarked silhouettes, becoming the pinnacle of the bridal industry both in Japan and around the world. Along with pushing her invention of fashion fabrics and other techniques (she also developed the technique known as "lace hollowing", a type of fisherman's knot utilized to create "airy" hemlines on gowns), Katsura is also known for her other gown creations, such as the fluorescent embroidered thread placed within her "Roma Collection" or more recently, a gown made entirely of uniquely prepared fish scales, known as the "marine reef" dress.
Within Katsura's designs, one can see the meld between Japanese tradition, modern bridal fashion and haute couture. Her gown constructs have brought new meaning to wedding traditions in Japan, allowing her to pursue the legality of civil ceremonies in Japan and lead the "Asia Bridal Summit" since 1995, with the purpose of "nurturing and passing on national traditions of wedding culture and wedding clothes" (yumikatsura.com).
In addition to her originations, Katsura also creates readymade bridal fashion, bridal accessories as well as men's formal wear.
In 2010, her passion and dedication to bridal design and the industry hoisted her into becoming an Honorary member of the "Association of Bridal Consultants", of which only 4 people may hold the title.
Katsura launched her North America brand in 2011, during New York Bridal Fashion Week.
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For more information on Katsura or her brand, please visit yumikatsura.com