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The Height of Fashion

On the J Autumn catwalk 4,000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon, models have even more incentive not to trip

Author Jacqueline Detwiler

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Jessica Minh Anh doesn’t do fashion shows in tents. Since breaking out of modeling to start J Model Managment, her own fashion event production company, in 2011, she has set up runways on London’s Tower Bridge, on a 575-foot-high walkway between two towers in Kuala Lumpur and on a glass-sided boat floating down the Seine. Her latest over-the-top endeavor is a fashion show on the transparent Skywalk suspended 4,000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon.

Because there is generally little time for practice walks in such extreme locations, Anh shows the collections—which she personally selects from designers all over the world—on a selection of between 13 and 20 models who adapt quickly to new and sometimes threatening environs. “We did have a few models feeling dizzy,” Anh says of her previous highwire catwalks, “but they managed to feel better very quickly, so it didn’t really show onstage.” NOV. 1

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