Known as one of Japan's [and the world's] most prolific designers, whose wedding dresses are considered modern masterpieces, Yumi Katsura was born in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from Kyoritsu Women's University with a degree from the Department of Apparel Science Studies. After moving to Paris, Katsura studied the techniques of haute couture in Paris at Les Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Parisienne.
In 1964, Katsura opened her first bridal salon, as well as presented the first bridal collection show ever held in Japan. Not too long after opening the salon, Yumi Katsura published "The Bridal Book," the first Japanese book specializing in bridal fashion. In 1981, Katsura expanded her business into the U.S., France, and England where she participated in the Japan Fashion Fair. Some of the most exclusive stores in the States, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Neiman Marcus, purchased her dresses.
In 1988, the Yumi Katsura Bridal Museum was established in Kobe. The museum exhibits authentic traditional bridal gowns from all over the world. Over the next six years, Katsura worked on her next big project, and finally opened the Yumi Katsura Bridal House New York on Madison Avenue in New York City. Yumi Katsura has been the recipient of various awards throughout the years. Such awards include the triumph of Fashion Award, Foreign Minister's Award, The Wedding Garment for the New Generation Award, The Dalian Honorary medal, and became the first Asian member of the Haute Couture of Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana.