by: Craig Lucie Updated:
ATLANTA - MARTA police is investigating local designers after they took over a MARTA station for a fashion show and converted into catwalk without getting caught.
The pop-up fashion show was titled “Boys Don’t Cry,” which is why someone spray painted a “no smoking” sign to read “no crying.”
A local filmmaker made the three minute video for the designers (b).Rick and Dieter last month. It showed models coming out of the elevator and turning the Buckhead MARTA station into a packed catwalk.
“It doesn’t look like it was authorized,” a MARTA rider told Channel 2’s Craig Lucie after viewing the video.
MARTA didn’t authorize it. They found out about it Thursday morning.
When Lucie asked MARTA where security was and how did they pull it off, MARTA sent this statement:
"MARTA has historically been a strong supporter of the Arts and often partners with a host of cultural organizations to sponsor events on our property. However, the activities that took place at Buckhead Station last month were not approved or condoned. We take this situation very seriously and the incident is currently under investigation by the MARTA Police Department."
The local designers who put it together also declined an on-camera interview with Lucie, but sent him this statement.
“No one was harmed; no major damage was done to any infrastructure. It was about art... Can't imagine why anyone would not be happy about it? Boys Don't Cry was engineered to be a jolt to the system. Calling all to find the ambition in themselves to come forth as contributing members of this journey toward progressive society. The future won't bring itself. It's totally up to us. We went through the proper steps of reach out to Marta, they never responded to us. As well, we distributed invitations throughout the summer so people all throughout the city were aware so quite possibly one of them is responsible for the vandalism, which we have heard has been removed. Our focal point is innovation, unity and forward thinking. Again we say that no one was harmed at worst case every spectator left with an open mind.”
A MARTA spokesperson told Lucie that he was not aware of the designers trying to contact them and is asking them to reach out to him again so they can talk about it.
Since fashion has always pushed the envelope, Lucie had to ask someone in the business their thoughts.
“I think it’s a hot mess. It was cool, and they were able to pull it off underground, but the clothes were a no go. A no go for me. It look liked it was from Goodwill or a dumpster something like that,” said Chico Bailey.