Margarete (1500s) - Shadow Of Memories




Shadow of Memories is a time-travelling murder-mystery game in which main character Eike Kusch is killed in various different ways and then has to go back and avoid his fate each time by rearranging things in the past to stop each attempt on his life. It plays out like a third-person interactive story and you gradually piece everything together to figure out who the murderer is. I really loved how unique this game was. I love both time-travel stories and plot twists so I loved how the game kept me guessing all the way through.

I’ve been wanting to cosplay as Margarete for a long time now. Dana and Hugo are my favourite characters from the game, but Margarete also has one of the key roles in the story and also one of the most memorable outfits so I felt that I really wanted to cosplay as her. I love the lace-up detail on the front and that it also has enough detail on the bottom of the dress to keep the design interesting without looking too busy. The game uses the interesting idea of assigning each time period a different colour-scheme. In the 1500s everything looks to be in different shades of earthy-brown ( apart from Eike who always remains in full colour to show that he’s from the present day ). We later find that Margarete’s dress actually mainly consists of two different shades of blue which I think suits it really nicely.

I’m planning on wearing this for the Saturday of AmeCon 2012 so that I can wear it for the Masquerade, and also plan to change into it again on the Sunday evening for the Cosplay Ball. It will actually be my first ball dress since so far I have gone as Tamaki from Ouran for most Ball events, or more recently for the FushiCon Masked Ball I went as Dana ( with Eike’s juggler mask ). I’m particularly planning this for AmeCon since I’d really like to do a photoshoot with her at Lindsey Court which is where I did a shoot with my juggler Eike at the previous AmeCon. The cobble-stones and shallow steps really reminded me of Lebensbaum, the rural village that the game is set in. I want to make the most of the location while I have the chance so I should be bringing my waitress Dana and maybe my juggler Eike again as well.

Margarete is part of the Wagner household and lives during the 1500s. Doctor Wagner is an alchemist, his wife Helena is very frail and is bedridden, and young Hugo is often concerned that his father is paying far too much attention to his work rather than his sickly mother.

When you first meet Margarete she is in trouble with some of the local townsfolk who feel that she is " dressing above her station ". It seems that she does not always act or dress quite as understatedly as she is expected to in the 1500s. She is keen to hear stories from Eike about the present day ( the year 2001 ) and says that she feels a strong pull towards it. She also tells how a keepsake comb triggers vague thoughts about a man who pats her on the head which she is a bit puzzled over... It’s also mentioned that she’s a seamstress.

UPDATE: ( 12/11/12 )

Ended up debuting this cosplay at October Expo 2012 instead of AmeCon. Many thanks to Shido for making the dress for me. I love how detailed the embroidery on the sleeves is and they just fit my hands through perfectly without being too loose. And the main thing I was a little concerned about was if the top would be too low but that worked out perfectly as well ^^ It also includes the little carry pouch she has on one side which I really love.

And thanks to PaperTiger for helping take pictures for me. I did buy some body tape in advance in case I had any problems with the top and it turned out that it would have been useful to hold the shoulders more upright, but with it being on the day we had to book out of the hotel all my stuff was in the reception's left-luggage and I forgot to keep it with me so I made do without. I didn't want to keep bothering them since I already had to dip in and out of my luggage a few times later on in order to get changed again before I was actually ready to take everything home. So yeah, next time I wear this I'll see how the body tape works and will see if I can pin the dress up a little bit too since it was a little longer than expected =)

I'll most likely be re-wearing this at AyaCon 2013 since it has lots of lovely locations there ^^


Ichigo-Chan posted on 17 July, 2012 - 18:34
The dress will really suit you, I love the design and colours.

Tsuchinoko posted on 17 July, 2012 - 19:49
Thanks, I really love the design and the colours too ^^ Really looking forward to doing this cosplay!

KiraraYumi posted on 18 July, 2012 - 00:14
Oh.Em.GEE! I love Margaret's dress design, I can't WAIT to see this! 8D I'm so happy to see you're doing more Shadow cosplays! 8D Argh, I wish I had seen this sooner though, woulda volunteered myself as Eike or Homunculus ;~;

Deathblow_Prime posted on 18 July, 2012 - 16:01
Really hope I get to see this!!

Tsuchinoko posted on 18 July, 2012 - 17:41
Thanks guys! ^^ KiraraYumi, if you ever did want to cosplay as Eike or Homunculus I would definitely be up for re-wearing her for joint pics or a cosplay group if anyone else is interested! I shall most likely be wearing her for some of the next few events I attend after AmeCon as well =)

Zelvyne posted on 31 July, 2012 - 17:31
Awesome, looking forward to seeing piccies of this. The world needs more Shadow of Memories cosplayers :)

Tsuchinoko posted on 31 July, 2012 - 20:51
Thanks! Yes it definitely does =)

Augmented Queen posted on 6 November, 2012 - 13:09
Woh I remember playing this all back in the day! What a great cosplay idea, I can't wait to see more pictures~

Tsuchinoko posted on 6 November, 2012 - 20:38
Thankies! =3 I should be posting pictures soon, I'm just waiting to hear back from the photographer. She did a lot of different photoshoots at Expo so I'm sure she has a lot of pics to get through =)

Augmented Queen posted on 10 November, 2012 - 11:13
Weeeee~ You look great! Absolutely love this <3

Pandora-Chi posted on 10 November, 2012 - 12:07
Oooooh you look so so pretty <3 The colours are gorgeous! ^^

KiraraYumi posted on 10 November, 2012 - 16:38
Turned out so amazing! The color you chose is gorgeous and the dress is fantastic and you look perfect and aah! *u* I definitely need to see this in person someday x3 Lemme know if/when you plan rewearing her and I'll definitely join you! 8D I've wanted to cosplay from this game for ages and knowing someone else has even played it is just so awesome >w<

Tsuchinoko posted on 12 November, 2012 - 02:39
Thankies, it means a lot that everyone likes it =3 The credit for the dress has to go to Shido who made it for me ( I'm much more of an illustrator person ). I'll most likely be wearing her again for AyaCon 2013 ( might do it for the Masquerade if I feel brave enough ). Might possibly wear her for Minami as well but I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing for that at the moment. I'd really love to joint-cosplay with you =3

Frederica la Noir posted on 6 January, 2013 - 21:20
You look so lovely!! You should wear cosplays with dresses more often :) xxx

Tsuchinoko posted on 8 January, 2013 - 06:05
Awww, thankies! ^///^ There are at least a couple more cosplays I'd like to do sometime which include dresses, just not sure when I'll get around to doing them ^^

Progress Journal

31st July 2012

Wig Preview

I was a bit worried about if my wig would be delivered in time for AmeCon, as I'd only have about 3 days difference if they went over the maximum of the estimated 10-20 days delivery time. Luckily it turned up on Saturday which was much earlier than expected, so I'm a happy bunny now ^^ I also got my Alessa Gillespie wig in the same package since I'd ordered it from the same seller. I will be wearing eyeliner and some light makeup when I cosplay Margarete to hopefully make it look a bit better - I didn't bother just for this test shot ^^"