Announcing Our Invited Guest Teacher for 2017: Jez Roth
When I started looking around for a special guest teacher for Costume College 2017, my first thought was to bring in cosplay, since I was fascinated by the cosplayers doing Game of Thrones and Outlander characters. And I know many of them use historical clothing as part of it. It would also bring in a lot of new blood of those interested in anime costuming.
I started putting feelers out to some of my friends who do cosplay and anime, and Twila Taylor suggested Jez Roth, a well-known cosplay designer in Las Vegas. She introduced us via Facebook, and immediately after seeing his photos, I knew we HAD TO HAVE HIM. Jez has an amazing list of work he’s done and his connections to Cirque du Soleil really sold me. Just take a look at his biography he sent me.
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 (Ed.- a cosplay convention). His work covers Cirque du Soleil. Nightclubs. ONE PIECE. Olympians. Red Carpets. Electric Daisy Carnival. Film. Commercials. Music Videos.
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”. Cirque’s methods have changed from show to show and the result is fascinating. Some of their work is truly couture and/or historically patterned.
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 Kardashian, 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 traveled as far as Japan as a cosplay guest and represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan, and Canada to choose the Canadian WCS representative. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit – from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters and his goal to share unique events that educate and involve the community such as his Lip Sync for Your Cosplay Event. 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.
–Valarie LaBore, Assistant Dean Costume College 2017
Check out Jez Roth’s social media sites to see more of his amazing work: