This Child Could Paint That … Can True Designers Design?

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So this morning, the hot news that interests Ac.Stet was this child “prodigy” (in parenthesis because it was never conclusive whether this child was actually talented) Marla Olmstead, at just age 4, who could paint abstract expressionist canvases.

Apparently, television documentarians at BBC’s 60 Minutes think that Marla is a hoax, not a Pablo Picasso reincarnate. And the reason why Marla could create those images was suggested that her parents Mark and Laura, were behind the exploitation of their child. Mark was apparently heard telling his daughter during the 60 Minutes filiming “to push, not pull, the brush”.

And in 2004, independent film-maker Amir Bar-Lev followed the Olmsteads for 3 years to make a documentary about Marla’s life and also came away having heavy doubts about whether Marla’s talents were genuine. This morning, newscaster Cynthia McFadden from ABC Nightline also came away with an inconclusive ending but reported that at a recent art show, someone actually paid US$35,000 for a canvas painted by Marla Olmstead.

So it really made Ac.Stet think, how easy it is to exalt or to dismiss a budding fashion designer.

Take Miguel Adrover for example. Ac.Stet feels he is talented. Adrover of the Quentin Crisp mattress-turned-coat and the brown UPS uniform as fashion – but why was he never successful? Adrover is now a happy – not sure if content owner of a cafe in Marjorca.

Conversely, Jeremy Scott (he of the theatrical trashy fashion he puts on the runway) … why then, is he successful? Or Heatherette for that matter?

Or Hussein Chalayan – he of the beefsteak dress for admission to Central-St-Marts and those graduation-rust-buried-clothes that mandates his runway models must have tetanus shots – why then are his gimmicks more successful?

But in fashion, and also in Art, does real talent really matter in the overall scheme of critical and commercial success?

Or is the art of the schmooze, networking, knowing the right people (read: Zac Posen and Proenza Schouler),  being backed by moneys (read: Georgina Chapman and the Weinstein connection for the Halston revival), or just pure pure luck (read: Calvin Klein and stopping on the wrong floor with his rack of clothes) … more important than real talent?

The saddest fact of life are wasted talents and unacknowledged  smarts
… the reason why Ac.Stet always cries towards the end of movies like Eminem’s 8 Mile …

What does it really take for true talent to be duely recognised?

 Ac.Stet. is still jobless at the moment. 

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~ by acrylicstetson on October 5, 2007.

2 Responses to “This Child Could Paint That … Can True Designers Design?”

  1. […] acrylicstetson wrote a fantastic post today on “This Child Could Paint That ⦠Can True Designers Design?”Here’s ONLY a quick extractStet think, how easy it is to exalt or to dismiss a budding fashion designer. Take Miguel Adrover for example. Ac.Stet feels he is talented. Adrover of the Quentin Crisp mattress-turned-coat and the brown UPS uniform as fashion – but … […]

  2. i really want to view the 60minutes with Marla om it but i cant find it…can some body help me please????? tx

    -Sam Reilly

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