Yumi Katsura Fortifies the Bonds between Art and Couture
Yumi Katsura’s show on a rainy Sunday night in Paris opened the Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture week with poetry and beauty. The collection, inspired by the designer’s passion for art and painters, impressed and enraptured the audience with its fabulous selection of enchanting silhouettes.
The collection is entitled “Bonds”. In Mrs. Katsura’s world, this concept is more than obvious. Not only has the celebrated Japanese designer always connected both cultures, Japan, her birthplace and workplace, and Paris, where she earned her couture training and shows her collections, but she is continually creating bonds between modern fashion and traditional craftmanship. One of her greatest talents is the ability to design the splendid prints which illuminate her collections. As she recently explained during an exclusive interview, the silk fabrics are dyed thanks to the ancestral Yuzen technique, a very sophisticated and aristocratic method which is simply the perfect way to recreate her world of lush and blooming impressions.
Yumi Katsura often includes her passion for painters when she designs for the upcoming season. The 2018 Spring/Summer collection harmoniously unites the artistic influences of paintings from Monet, Van Gogh, Rivière as well as Hokusai. These artists are important to her work because each depicts a vision of nature, landscapes, flowers and animals, which in turn inspire Mrs. Katsura’s perceptions.
Not surprisingly for her clients and followers, Yumi Katsura has once again surpassed her own efforts: each silhouette on the catwalk exquisitely expressed her talent for creating a variety of feminine and delicate garments, while her use of classic couture techniques enhanced the outfits by playing with volumes, pleats, symmetry, drapes and flounces. Be it the beautiful, short cocktail dresses or the rich selection of long gowns, all pieces are sources of pure beauty and revitalizing energy. Complimenting her collection, as always with Mrs. Katsura, are her interpretation of shiny, billowing and very modern kimonos easy to be worn in any culture, which one dreams of wearing if only for the utmost comfort and style.
Despite her great experience and worldwide celebrity status, Mrs. Katsura privately confessed after her show in July 2017 that she was not satisfied yet. She professed that she was working on an even “better collection”. Undoubtedly, she seems to have definitely fulfilled her promise with this presentation, even though chances are that she is already working on a new personal best.