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This Is the Story Behind Ariana Grande's Cool Billboard Cover

Lots of custom polka dots, one futuristic space helmet and a dose of mod-inspiration for the cover look win
Austin Hargrave

In this week's issue of music bible Billboard, cover star Ariana Grande poses in plenty of polka dots, from a custom-designed shift dress to a super rad space helmet.

So, what's the deal with the creative process behind the look? We caught up with styling duo Sammy and Judy — aka The Kids — to find out how they made Grande's cover happen.

"Before we started, me, Judy and Ariana went over some images from the '60s. … There was one that captured our eye — a lot of those '60s mod girls wore those space helmets, but in fashionable prints, so we decided to do a polka dot theme," Sammy tells Pret-a-Reporter. "And our friend Bryan [Hearns] makes cool one-of-a-kind dresses, so he helped us make the dress and the helmet for her."

To complete the printastic '60s-inspired look — which specifically borrowed elements from Jane Fonda's costumes in the 1968 film Barbarella — Hearns also designed polka-dot-print pumps using the same fabric.

Though she looks adorable on the cover, don't assume she's just "a little cutesy thing." Grande herself says, "I'm literally the most sardonic person you’ve ever met."

Read Ariana Grande's full cover story at Billboard.com.

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