Evita is back on Broadway after more than 30 years, bringing a new cast—including Ricky Martin as Ché—and a new suite of costumes worthy of the couture-collecting Eva Perón.

To tell the story of her meteoric rise from fame-seeker to political powerhouse, Argentinean actress Elena Roger, in the role of Eva Perón, makes quite a few costume changes—in one scene alone, cycling through several different slips and robes from the stream of suitors she entertains before meeting Juan Perón. Designer Christopher Oram partnered with Swarovski Elements to make sure her wardrobe would stand out from the crowd—and it does, thanks to more than 340,000 crystals.

On Perón’s iconic ball gown (inspired by a Christian Dior number she actually owned), 160,000 of those Swarovski sparklers were meticulously hand-applied.


Evita is playing at the Marquis Theatre.