Yumi Katsura, known as “a pioneer of the bridal industry” worldwide. Yumi passed April 26, leaving behind a legacy that will forever resonate within the realm of bridal fashion.

She was 94 years old.

Takayuki Kurano, Managing Executive Officer of Yumi Katsura International Co., Ltd., reflects, "Yumi Katsura was a visionary deeply passionate about enhancing the beauty of brides and advancing Japanese bridal culture. Her relentless pursuit of excellence and love for beauty will forever inspire us to uphold her legacy. In following the remarkable footsteps of Yumi Katsura, a trailblazer and pioneer in the bridal industry, who graced couture runways in Paris and across the globe for six decades, from 1965 to the present day, we aspire to build a company that stands the test of time, lasting a century as Yumi Katsura envisioned."

Going forward, the international creative reins will be succeeded by the esteemed trio: Ayako Fujiwara, Yukinori Morinaga, and Keiko Iino. These three individuals, each boasting over 30 years of experience and having served as integral members of Yumi Katsura’s creative team, will lead the brand into a new chapter.

The American division will maintain its creative direction under the capable leadership of Paulette Cleghorn, who has dedicated over a decade to this role. Nick Yeh, CEO of Ashdon Brands, will continue to oversee the USA division's management, ensuring a seamless transition and continued success.

In 1964, Yumi Katsura embarked on her illustrious career as the first bridal fashion designer in Japan. The following year, she unveiled her first bridal salon and presented the inaugural bridal collection show in the country. With extraordinary creativity and unwavering passion, Yumi dedicated her life to fulfilling the dreams of brides worldwide.

From crafting exquisite wedding gowns to pioneering the use of traditional Japanese techniques in bridal fashion, Yumi’s impact on the industry is immeasurable. Her designs, adorned by brides in over 30 countries, have graced the most prestigious occasions, including dressing Pope John Paul II.

Yumi Katsura’s legacy extends beyond bridal fashion; her commitment to preserving Japanese beauty and craftsmanship transformed the landscape of the bridal and couture platform globally. Through her tireless dedication and innovative spirit, she revolutionized wedding attire and influenced bridal culture worldwide.

In accordance with Katsura’s wishes, a memorial show (commemoration event) will be held in place of a funeral.
Details will be announced once they are finalized.