podcast – interview with Oma

For my first ever podcast, I decided to interview my Oma, Herta Meder, not only to get familiar with how to use audio, but also because I’ve inherited my own interest in fashion from Oma and I’ve always wanted to record her experiences with fashion.

As my first ever phone interview and podcast, it is not very edited and moves a bit slowly – but if you do listen, you will hear my Oma’s stories about working with a dressmaker in Germany just after the Second World War, being an immigrant wife in Canada and creating her own wardrobe inspired by the fashions of the time, and eventually working for clothing manufacturers in Winnipeg and Toronto in the 1970s and 80s.

These images, taken from slides, are of my Oma modeling an outfit on the runway, which she designed for a competition at the end of the 1960s. It was a miniskirt, hat and cape created from a Hudson’s Bay blanket.  Oma won a prize for this creation – a Pfaff sewing machine.

Thank you so much Oma, for everything!

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8 thoughts on “podcast – interview with Oma”

  1. Danielle, what a great blog entry! The podcast reminds me of conversations I have with my Grandmother. Women of their generation were so patient and talented with the needle, and have great stories to tell. Sometimes I wish I had their patience when it comes to sewing and creating clothes.

    It’s interesting to also note of the life changes they experience when immigrating from their home country to Canada.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Danielle:
    My name is Annie and I come from School of Journalism,University of Queensland, Australia. Currently,I am a freelance journalists and I would like conduct an interview to you via email.

    I am writing a story about homeless people. In 2010, Vivienne Westwood’s menswear collection for Milan Fashion Week, launching a new style called ‘homeless chic’. As you know a 28-year-old homeless man in China, known on the net as Brother Sharp, has become an online style sensation after local residents posted his photo on an online forum. Brother Sharp has both captured the fascination of Chinese netizens, and in the process also drawn attention to the larger issue of homelessness in China.
    Look at ‘homeless chic’ fashion and other instances where homeless are exploited for entertainment value, to highlight the extent to which homelessness has been trivialized in modern culture. Maybe the next step from styles like ‘blue-collar chic’ and ‘hobo chic’, homelessness has become another commodified trend, in which consumers have deemed urban poverty to be both ‘edgy’ and ‘real’. The ultimate ironic pose, ‘homeless chic’ is the end result of a fashion ethos in which being cool is equated with emotional distance.

    I will appreciate if you have time to do the interview.If you can, please send email to zhujun.chan@uqconnect.edu.au

    Thank you


  3. What a great idea, I too have 2 generations on my mum’s side to thank, but I didn’t get the chance to meet my grandmother. She died too young. But as I listened I thought her story would have probably been very similar. So good to hear it.

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