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December Luncheon


Topic: 700,000 Brides, 700,000 Stories, 700,000 Dreams

Speaker: Yumi Katsura

Date: December 5, 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 11:30 Social Gathering   11:50 Luncheon

Venue: Tokyo American Club

Fee: ¥4,000 members   ¥4,500 guests

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Our December 2018 Luncheon Meeting speaker has been at the forefront of the bridal fashion industry in Japan. Over the years, she has played an influential role through her distinctive designs and wedding fashion evangelism – pursuing new techniques and materials. Please join us for our annual festive year-end luncheon meeting to hear about our speaker’s unique history as a forward-thinking businesswoman and a creative artist. We will also enjoy a mini-fashion show of her designs. Do sign up early to guarantee your seat at what is sure to be a wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse into the wedding fashion industry in Japan.

Speaker Profile

Yumi Katsura was born in Tokyo, and immediately after graduating from university went to Paris to study designing and couture techniques at Les Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. She started her career as the first Japanese professional bridal fashion designer in 1964, and in the following year conducted the first-ever bridal fashion show in Japan. She has held bridal fashion shows every year since then and has been a driving force and leader of Japan’s bridal industry.

Katsura is called a “Bridal Evangelist” as she conveys dreams towards weddings via her fashion shows, not only in Japan but also 30 foreign countries. Thanks to such achievements she was given the “Japanese Foreign Minister Award” in 1993 and the “Wedding Garment for The New Generation Award” by the Chinese Authorities in 1996. In 1999, she became the first member of the Haute Couture of Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana from Asia and participated in the Rome Haute Couture Collection. Since 2003, she switched her base in Europe from Rome to Paris and opened up a retail store in Cambon Paris. She is still active in designing dresses on a worldwide basis.

Her dresses are immensely supported by a number of brides since her dresses take 6 to 12 months to complete, starting from carefully selecting the designs and materials. Many brides can feel confident and impressed by wearing Yumi’s dresses which incorporate three elements – “dignity”, “elegance” and “romance” as well as the beauty from any angle. Her slender dress inspired by the Japanese traditional kimono, called “Yumi Line”, was showcased in her first New York collection in 1981, which perfectly completes women’s style and fascinates many women around the world.


Starter: Boston Clam Chowder

 Main: Roasted Sirloin of Beef   Creamy Mashed Potato, Winter Greens, Horseradish and Gravy Sauce

(Vegetarian Option: Winter Vegetable Moussaka)

Dessert: Eggnog Cream Brulee with Biscotti

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Luncheon Program Coordinators:  Joan Rodgers Doi and Shigeko Nagaoka

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