By Grace Gavilanes
Updated Jan 28, 2015 @ 5:30 pm
vanessa hudgens swarovski costumes
Credit: Joan Marcus

When it comes to the costumes in the musical Gigi, elegance is a must.

And Vanessa Hudgens (pictured above), who plays the lead in the Broadway revival of the 1958 rom-com, knows this. "I love this character so much," she says. "I think the story is so relevant. Gigi's a very strong, powerful young woman who knows who she is."

Helping Gigi stand out for this installment? More than a few Swarovski crystals. "Crystals add dimension and that certain special touch that makes everything look so glamorous and beautiful," says Hudgens.

The show tells the story of a young Parisian woman, Gigi (first played on film by Leslie Caron), who is searching for her true self, and finds love along the way. It's making a return to the stage for the first time in 40 years, and this time, the costumes will be a huge part of telling the story. "Through the course of the musical there is a shift in the fashion of the time and the silhouette changes from old-fashioned to a more modern silhouette," costume designer Catherine Zuber says of the pieces.

We scored an exclusive first look at the costumes in the Broadway revival, complete with interviews with Hudgens and Zuber in the video below:

Gigi officially opens on Broadway April 8th. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit