Cirque du Soleil. Nightclubs. ONE PIECE. Olympians. Red Carpets. Electric Daisy Carnival. Film. Commercials. Music Videos. Jez Roth started sewing at the age of 13 on small crafts and at the local dance studio before falling in love with the art of cosplay at Katsucon 1998.
After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades winning Best in Show 15 times with tailored costumes and heavily choreographed skits, he moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian designing the Opera Gowns, eventually landing at Cirque du Soleil’s water spectacular O. Since leaving Cirque, he currently works freelance out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, Mirrorball Men, and Golden Fairies that contort through the air, designing for events with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardiashian, Eva Langoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, Dash Berlin – his jewelry has even been worn on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards. He has represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan as a Cosplay Guest and in Canada to choose the Canadian WCS representative for 2016. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit—from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters. He shares unique events that educate and involve the community (such as Lip Sync For Your Cosplay) and has restructured and organized cosplay events for conventions in his goal to make the competition scene more mainstream. His artistic journey came full circle last year when he was hired as an Artistic Consultant for One Piece: Gold film, working with Toei Animation to give their film a fully realized Las Vegas feel.
Steff Von Schweetz
Steff Von Schweetz has been cosplaying since 2003 with nearly 200 costumes under her belt. She prides herself on being completely self taught in all aspects of the hobby and believes that anyone can cosplay, regardless of skill. Steff has won a handful of awards across the West Coast including Best in Show and Best Advanced Craftsmanship; and has been a guest for major cons including Wizard World and Anime Expo. While she loves to craft and create, Steff’s favorite hobby is annoying people with her love of Neon Genesis Evangelion. She’s excited to be back helping out LVL UP Expo for the third time.
Levi Miles is the regional College Representative for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), a private, four year applied arts college in California. Before working for FIDM, Levi worked as the Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor and Wardrobe Supervisor for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, as well as in the costume department for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay. Levi earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Costume Production for Theatre from UW-Milwaukee.
Denise Davis has a varied career in the theater and in the entertainment field. Thanks to the talents of her mother, she grew up learning at an early age sewing basics and how to run fashion shows. Straight out of college she was recruited to work for Knott’s Berry Farm Halloween Haunt doing costume work, then onwards to working with Mistress of the Dark, Elvira. She soon found herself in Vegas, and worked for Cirque du Soleil as a costume attendant, handling everything from millinery work, costumes, to making leather boots from scratch. Her resume also includes working with Ed Alonzo, Vanessa Williams, and the Pointer Sisters. Denise’s Cosplay Debut was at Katsucon, picking up a “Best in Show” with the ensemble troupe Cirque du Cosplay for a Final Fantasy 9 skit as Queen Stellazio. You also might have seen her as a judge for Aki-Matsuri and Otakon Vegas.