04 November 2013

THE GRAND CANYON SKYWALK BY JESSICA MINH ANH



Jessica Minh Anh have always the best ideas for fashion show. This time the show was organizing on the Grand Canyon Skywalk. And it was AMAZING!
I coudn't be there but I have (once again) big pleasure to write about this show.
 
 
 
Beyond the wildest imagination, fashion models led by global sensation Jessica Minh Anh catwalked on a cloud at the extreme height of 4,000 feet above the Colorado River on 1 November 2013. The magnificent combination of the Grand Canyon backdrop, the completely transparent Skywalk, and exquisite collections from 3 continents made J Autumn Fashion Show not only the highest but also the most ideal catwalk on earth. Welcome to a new generation of fashion innovation.
The outdoor masterpiece presented both Haute Couture and high end Ready-To-Wear collections from America, Europe, and Asia. Exclusive VIPs were seated opposite the curved Skywalk to enjoy the perfect view of the Grand Canyon and models walking in front of them as if they were walking in the sky. The reflection of crystals, embroideries, silk, and well-cut silhouettes on the glass bridge against the afternoon sunlight made the entire experience indescribably magical. “It was one of those iconic moments. Both concept and implementation were brilliant.” said British PR specialist Rhea Keehn.

Portuguese fashion house Joana Montez & Patricia de Melo opened the grand catwalk with a perfect balance between clean silhouettes and decorative details using extra light fabrics, multiple layers, and transparency.



The show continued with a hand-made collection from Spanish fashion house Chula, which was inspired by the stunning landscape of the Grand Canyon. Combining contemporary Western designs with Asian silk and embroidery techniques, each piece reflected the colors, shapes of rocks, the sky, geography, the flora and fauna, and the people of the Hualapai Tribe.






Returning to J Model Management’s catwalk for the second time, Russian designer Polina Raudson presented a trilogy of passion, wisdom, and tenderness in three separate colour schemes of dark red, black and blue, and powdery pink and grey.




A fan of vibrant colors and geometric shapes, another Russian artist Lidia Demidova spiced up the catwalk with metallic leather, organza, taffeta and twill materials to reflect the future of art and sculpture.




American brand INTREPID by Ao’c followed with an alluring line of evening dresses, which showed a couture twist. Closing the collection with great imagination, Jessica Minh Anh in a birdcage dress released a dove on the catwalk and let it fly across the Grand Canyon to create a picture perfect moment. 
 
 
 
Attracting with the extremes, German label Nina Athanasiou used both silk and leather to express a mixture of a delicate feel with a futuristic edge.
 
  
 
All the way from the East, Chinese luxury handbag brand Homanz unfolded the inner beauty of modern women with a blend between simple outlook and timeless design. The collection featured the Asian signature ‘ring pattern’ which symbolizes a ‘Perfect Life’. Homanz was accompanied by American garment brand Cache. 
 
  
 
Closing the show with class and elegance, Lebanese celebrity designer Ziad Nakad presented an Haute Couture collection inspired by the romantic nature of fall. Royal colors such as deep red, blue, emerald, purple, and beige were blended with very distinctive cuts to truly reflect women’s femininity.  Each dress is a celebration of simplicity and sophistication. 
 
  
 
The entire production was prepared within less than 60 days from the minute Jessica Minh Anh gained exclusive permission from Grand Canyon Resort Corporation to host the grand show on the famous bridge. “We worked day and night from both Europe and America to ensure timely responses to press and clients in 40 countries. It was a huge responsibility and I’m thrilled that we made it.” said Jessica. The show was supported by Hualapai Tourism, Hampton Inns & Suites Las Vegas Airport, and La’Bella MAFIA beauty agency, who created innovative hairstyle and flawless make-up looks to compliment Jessica Minh Anh’s extraordinary vision. 
 
 
 
This is not the first time Jessica Minh Anh turned one of the most outstanding venues in the world into a phenomenal catwalk. The young director of J Model Management has continuously redefined modern fashion show standards at the incredible speed of 3 shows per year in different continents. 
 
Her recent achievements include the first ever catwalk on London’s Tower Bridge and PETRONAS Twin Towers’ Skybridge in Kuala Lumpur, the 90 metre floating catwalk on the Seine River in Paris, and the world’s first sundeck catwalk on Costa Atlantica in Dubai. There is definitely no sign of her slowing down. 
 
 
More than a fashion or beauty statement, the international success of J Autumn Fashion Show 2013 marked a revolutionary breakthrough in the industry and celebrated the rise of a daring new generation.  “We are no longer having a dream. We are taking over the world actualizing it” said Jessica Minh Anh.
After floating on water and catwalking in the sky, one might wonder what Jessica will do next…
In a Nutshell about Grand Canyon Skywalk:
 
        Grand Canyon Skywalk is located 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. 
        Consists of more than 1 million pounds of steel and 83,000 pounds of glass.
        In total, it weighs 1.2 million pounds.
        Its foundation is strong enough to support about 71 million pounds – the equivalent of 71 fully loaded 747 airplanes.
        The glass walls are approximately 5’-7” high, extending 4’-6” above the glass floor – safer than code yet low enough that guests do not feel confined.
        Grand Canyon Skywalk is 10 feet wide.
        Grand Canyon Skywalk was designed and engineered by Lochsa Engineering & MRJ Architects and built by Executive Construction Management, all based out of Las Vegas, NV.
        Engineers conducted tests on the geologic stability of the site and researched the foundation by testing the compressive strength of the rock.
        They found that the Red Limestone rock could withstand 16,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.
        Engineers also conducted extensive testing during the planning and design phase to ensure the Grand Canyon Skywalk could easily withstand the high winds that have been known to blow through the Grand Canyon.
        The design originally extended 30 feet over the edge of the rim of the Grand Canyon but eventually evolved into a horseshoe-shaped bridge extending 70 feet past the edge of the Grand Canyon wall.
 
 
BUILDING GRAND CANYON SKYWALK
        On October 6, 2004, the Hualapai Tribe blessed the site, and one month later drilling for the Grand Canyon Skywalk began. Drilling lasted one and a half years.
        Next came a foundation consisting of eight columns that support box beams. Each box beam is 6 feet high, 32 inches wide and has 2-inch thick walls. Grand Canyon Skywalk is designed to absorb vibration and avoid galloping in windy conditions. The beams were custom fabricated in Utah in 40 ft. sections then trucked to Grand Canyon West.
        Grand Canyon Skywalk was assembled on site. The first permanent caps were attached to the eight concrete columns to support it. Pieces of the bridge were put into place and welded together once aligned. The welding took four months to complete.
        Three tuned mass dampers specifically calibrated to meet the wind and weight requirements of the location were placed inside the horseshoe frame, making it structurally sound. Mass dampers help distribute the weight on the glass bridge.
        A special manipulator was designed to lift the glass panels to the Grand Canyon Skywalk with large suction cups.
        Two-and-a-half years after the groundbreaking ceremony, the Grand Canyon Skywalk rollout began. Engineers used the same rod and plate method used on the Egyptian pyramids to roll it out over the Grand Canyon. 
        On the first day, it was rolled halfway out. Rollout was completed in two days.
 
 
THE FIRST WALKS
        Hualapai tribal members led by the Tribal Council and David Jin made the first walk on March 20, 2007.
        Former astronauts Dr. Buzz Aldrin (second man on the moon) and John Herrington (first Native American astronaut) also participated in the celebration. 
        Grand Canyon Skywalk opened to the general public on March 28, 2007. 
 
 
NEW GLASS PANELS PROVIDE A CRYSTAL CLEAR VIEW
        Operators replaced the Grand Canyon Skywalk’s 46 glass panels for the first time since it opened. The project was completed in May 2011.
        Rioglass manufactured the glass in Logrono, Spain, about 4.5 hours North of Madrid. Rioglass specializes in strong glass made for embassies and other buildings that need bomb-proof glass.
        A 150-foot crane was trucked to the Grand Canyon Skywalk to lift each 1,800-pound piece of glass into place.
        Work was done at night so that the Grand Canyon Skywalk could remain open during the day.
        The new glass panes consist of five layers of glass bonded together and measuring 2 1⁄2 inches thick.
        Each panel has a thin “sacrificial” layer of glass that can be removed and replaced by hand when it becomes scratched, instead of bringing in a large crane to replace glass. 
        Each panel can support 100 lbs per square ft., equivalent to about 800 people, although only 60 to 120 people are allowed on the Grand Canyon Skywalk at a time depending on the number of visitors on a given day.
For more information about Jessica Minh Anh’s history making catwalks, visit www.jmodelmanagement.co.uk and www.facebook.com/jmodelmanagement.

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