Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yumi Katsura graduated from Kyoritsu Women’s University with a degree from the Department of Apparel Science Studies. After moving toParis, 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. 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. She has also had the honor of participating in some of the most prestigious opportunities in the fashion world. Such opportunities include, the first bridal show in China, designed a vestment for Pope John Paul II, organized the first Asia Bridal Summit in Tokyo, and presented her designs at “Donna Sotto le Stelle,” one of the most prestigious shows in Italy, with Chanel, Armani , Missoni, and Etro. Katsura, is one of Japan’s and the world’s most prolific designers, whose wedding dresses are considered modern masterpieces. Katsura will showcase the most expensive wedding dress to date, valued at one billion Japanese yen (US $8.5 million). Made from silk-satin and embellished with zari-embroidery handiwork, the dress is decorated with 1,000 pearls, a green 8.8 carat diamond emblem, and a 5 carat white gold diamond, one of the two existing in the world. Paulette Cleghorn currently serves as Designer & Creative Director for the legendary label.