Cosplay Guest of Honor
Olivia Mears, the creator of Avant-Geek, was born in Laurinburg, North Carolina in 1991. She earned her BFA and BSEd from Western Carolina University in 2014. Her work focuses on original designs in both fine art and fashion, cosplay, “food fashion” and wearable art of unconventional materials.
Olivia is an annual presenter, judge, and instructor at regional conventions, fashion shows, and fundraisers in Asheville, NC, Greenville, SC, Atlanta, GA and throughout the U.S. Her works have been featured internationally in publications and shows including Good Morning America, ABC’s The Chew, NBC’s Late Night with Seth Myers, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, in nationally televised commercials for Taco Bell (‘Fanspiration’, ‘Thanks’, ‘Meet Taco Belle’), and worn by Taco Bell’s representatives at MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards. She has received national and regional awards for her couture designs, and is internet renown for works such as “PBRmor”, food themed dresses “Taco Belle” & “Pizzarella”, and her paper dresses (wrapping paper gowns, toilet paper wedding dress).
Olivia currently lives and works in the western region of North Carolina, just west of Asheville.