About Us

Elle and Ashlyn began attending conventions over 20 years ago. Meeting in the masquerade scene of the early 2000’s, these ladies reunited in 2013 to begin the cosplay duo known as La Vie Cosplay. LVC has numerous awards to their name including the current USA representatives for International Cosplay League in Spain. Together, these two do a variety of events including charity, small gatherings, and large conventions. The duo is best known for their performances and emcee work including their hit podcast Sh*t Cosplayers Say covering the best of the worst of cosplay and con-going life. The goal of La Vie Cosplay is to promote friendship and fun within the cosplay community.

La Vie Cosplay has been inoculated against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Proof of vaccination available upon request.

Ash has been costuming for over 20 years. She was introduced to the convention scene in 2001 and entered her first masquerade in 2002. She initially learned to craft at a young age courtesy of her grandmothers and further enhanced her skills through 4 years of visual arts training and a Baccalaureate in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on Fashion. Coupled with more than 10 local theatre productions, 5 years of formal music training and 8 years of experience running immersive improvisational theatrical weekend experiences, Ash is well-rounded cosplayer with experience in both “costuming” and playing. Ash serves as the duo’s primary seamstress, tailor, and patternmaker, although she enjoys occasionally dabbling in other media.

Elle first began cosplaying and attending conventions over 20 years ago. Her first masquerade was Anime Iowa 2001 when her group took Best in Show. She holds a Baccalaureate in Drama / Speech and Studio Art and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. After completing her BA, Elle worked in New York City in talent management, public relations, and voice over productions. Upon returning to the Midwest and forming LVC, she began working for a local Junior Theatre, teaching various acting courses, including leading a program for children with developmental disabilities. In 2014, she began lending her voice acting talents to the independent game company Game Play Theatre as Iris in Lumin: Land of Light. Elle serves as the duo’s primary wig designer, jeweler, sculptor, painter, writer and director and is constantly looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge and experience in all art forms.