In a sixth-floor walk-up apartment in the East Village of Manhattan, in a space no wider than a train car, a Met Gala gown was created. First in the mind of its designer, Katya Ekimian, a 19-year-old Parsons School of Design student, and then from yards of fabric previously piled in bags in a corner.
Late last month in Ms. Ekimian’s apartment, which faces the building’s interior but is flooded with light, paper patterns were strewn like blueprints, fabric panels were stacked, and muslin toile hung on the back of her bedroom door.
“I had to move my furniture to lie down the fabric to cut the circle skirt,” Ms. Ekimian said, punctuating the sentence with a booming, easy laugh that peppers all her statements. “You don’t have to be anywhere special to make something you’re proud of.”