Friday, 16 August 2013 10:42 AM
Haute couture-clad models will be strutting their stuff in a spectacular setting this November – the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Arguably the world’s highest fashion show, the event will showcase UK-based entrepreneur and model Jessica Minh Anh’s ‘J Autumn Fashion Collection’.
The show will premiere haute couture fashions by designers from over 20 countries and is designed to demonstrate the collaboration of human creativity and ingenuity with one of the marvels of the natural world.
The ‘catwalk in the sky’ is the latest in Jessica’s series of show-stopping collections with previous venues comprising a river cruise on the Seine in Paris, London’s Tower Bridge, and KL’s Petronas’ Twin Towers Sky Bridge. The show will be filmed from helicopters and across the rim and televised worldwide on the day.
The Skywalk has attracted thousands of new and repeat visitors to the west rim of the Grand Canyon near Las Vegas since it opened on in 2007.
Located 4,000 feet above the Colorado River and Canyon floor and weighing over 1.2 million pounds, it took more than one million pounds of steel and 83,000 pounds of glass to construct.
The bridge is 10 feet wide and extends in a horseshoe shape 70 feet over the rim of the canyon.
In May 2011 engineers replaced the bridge’s 46 glass panels – each weighing 1,800 pounds – for the first time since it opened. Each specially manufactured pane is two and a half inches thick and comprises five individual glass sheets bonded together.
Each floor pane can support 100 pounds per square foot (or up to 800 people) but only 60 – 120 visitors are allowed on the bridge at any one time.
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