The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people w...

Details The Prince and the Dressmaker

TitleThe Prince and the Dressmaker
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherFirst Second
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Comics, Lgbt

Reviews The Prince and the Dressmaker

  • Victoria Schwab
    Absolutely charming.
  • Lola Reviewer
    This is the graphic novel I had no idea I was waiting for these past twenty years of my life. I have always loved stories about princes and princesses and kings and queens and lavish dresses—no wonder I couldn’t put this down.I don’t want to speak too soon… Oh hell, I can already see this one winning Best Graphic Novel in December 2018 when the Goodreads Choice Awards makes its appearance once again. And if that doesn’t happen, I will c...
  • Mackenzi
    This book is the anachronistic 19th century French fairytale meets Project Runway but with cross dressing and deconstruction of gender norms of my dreams.
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    This was exceptional! So heartwarming, and the characters were so lovable. This is definitely a story I’ll read again and again, and recommend to friends.
  • •Paperback Princess•
    I read this book in under three hours and I’m literally drained. This book, omg. Where do I begin? Because I don’t personally go through what Sebastian went through, I can’t comment on the accuracy of the representation, but holy damn, was it amazing. And I ship them so much, my heart is exploding with love and acceptance. I WOULD 10/10 RECOMMEND!!!
  • David Schaafsma
    Okay, even though it is only the beginning of March 1, I'm calling it: This is one of the top ten graphic novels for kids--probably tweens is right, given my tween household--any kids, of 2018. Now, don't get too excited, Alan Moore fans; this is for younger readers, but for this audience it is great work. I've read Koko Be Good by Wang and thought it was good, okay, but this is really a huge leap forward, in my opinion.The Prince and the Dressma...
  • Chloe Yeung
    I received an ARC of this book from Rich in Variety Tours in exchange for an honest review. You can call me... Lady Crystallia. THIS BOOK. THE FEELS.I REQUESTED A REVIEW COPY OF THIS ON NETGALLEY BUT THEY DECLINED. WHEN I RECEIVED THE EMAIL TELLING ME I'VE BEEN SELECTED FOR THE BLOG TOUR I WAS SO HAPPY.When I was young, I loved reading The Smurfs and Geronimo Stilton graphic novels. They are so colorful, the stories are so captivating, and aaaahh...
  • Taylor
    "I'm a prince who likes dresses."...The Prince and the Dressmaker is a graphic novel I've had my eye on since before it was released, and the premise intrigued me.In this story, we follow Sebastian: by day, he's the crown prince of Belgium, destined to marry a princess and carry on his family's legacy. But by night, he's Lady Crystallia, the hottest fashion icon in Paris.Sebastian hires Frances, a young girl with incredible talent, to be his seam...
  • Lauren
    The Prince and the Dressmaker was SUPERB! I loved every single page and will definitely be reading anything else that Jen Wang releases (I have already read In Real Life and also thoroughly enjoyed that). This graphic novel tells the story of Prince Sebastian and Frances (his dressmaker). Having created a rather eye-catching and bold dress for a client, Frances is hired by the Prince to make dresses for his alter ego (Lady Crystallia). No-one kno...
  • Dylan
    4.5 stars. THIS. WAS. ADORABLE. I went more in detail in my blogpost. Thank you so much, 01SecondBooks, for sending it my way!
  • Tatiana
    So wonderfully sweet and kind.
  • Stacee
    This was absolutely adorable. Loved the story and the illustrations and the characters and the ending and the everything. I’ll definitely need to look into more graphic novels and I can wait to find more of Jen’s work.
  • mith
  • Erica
    This. Is. ADORABLE! It's the classic Prince and Peasant story turned on its side with the peon being a dressmaker who has big dreams and the prince secretly being a princess or, more accurately, a society lady.The dialogue doesn't always flow well or make perfect sense but the illustrations make up for that, filling in blanks left by the words. This looks to be Wang's first all-her-own graphic novel in which she was responsible for the story and ...
  • Sara
    This one I'm going to have to buy. I finished it in about an hour and I've been flipping through it over and over ever since. There's something so delightful and whimsical about this story of a seamstress with dreams of being a great fashion designer and a prince with dreams of wearing those designs! So yeah this is a "social issues" book in the sense that the prince likes to wear dresses and has to adopt the secret identity of "Lady Crystallia" ...
  • Lucy
  • Xan West
    A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis is not solely a fluffy feel-good cute story, as many reviews describe it. There are lovely and sweet moments in it, but it also has other things going on that may be difficult and painful for trans and/or non-binary readers.I enjoyed many things about this YA graphic novel. The art was spectacular, really drew me in. The pacing of the story was lovely, jus...
  • Rian *fire and blood*
    This book was so utterly cute and pure perfection!I adored the realationship dynamics of this book the most. Frances and Sebastian are of course our main stars and they were fabulous! Frances never questioned or judged Sebastian for how he lived and felt and it was so kind and refreshing! Sebastian's relationship with his parents - while at times comical - was the main point of stress for Sebastian. He believed he could never tell them the truth ...
    Oh my goodness, y’all, but this book was so wonderful! It gave me a ton of warm + fuzzy feelings as I read it, and I basically just wanted to hug the book, and these characters, by the end of it. I genuinely enjoyed the story, the illustration style and these characters, and would highly recommend checking it out for yourself when it’s out next year!
  • Misty
    You guys. This was so freaking cute and unexpected! Pick it up.
  • Cori Reed
    LOVE LOVE LOVEThis was absolutely adorable. You should read it.
  • Luce
    5 Stars for this graphic novel, art & story by Jen Wang. I loved the art. So well done.I also loved the story that takes place in the late 1900s, Paris. Sixteen yr old Crown Prince Sebastian of Belgium has a secret - he likes to dress in women’s clothes. He finds a young talented seamstress, Frances who agrees to design for him and to keep his secret. Together they become close friends and known about the city, he as Lady Crystallia and her for...
  • AleJandra
    4 A goddess version of yourself STARS Una historia muy tierna y fácil de leer. Innovadora y cliché al mismo tiempo.Retrata la historia de Frances, una joven costurera que sueña en convertirse en una famosa diseñadora. Un día crea un vestido tan “escandaloso” que llega oídos del Príncipe, que la contrata par que trabaje para él.El príncipe Sebastián, tiene un pequeño secreto, le gusta usar vestidos. Para poder utilizarlos crea un a...
  • Lauren James
    The graphic novel about a prince that hires a dressmaker to make him dresses to wear is SO DAMN CUTE. It was so uplifting and positive and really cute.
  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*This is such a charming graphic novel. Just polishing up this review makes me want to reread it, and I can’t wait to get myself a physical copy!A note before we get started: my interpretation (or perhaps headcanon) of Sebastian was as a genderfluid person, based on this quote:"Some days I look at myself in the mirror and think, 'That's me, Prince Sebastian! I wear ...
  • Amanda Kratz
    This is so cute! However it is so simple.This is a gorgeously illustrated tale of a young prince who leads a double life as Lady Crystalia and his seamstress. The story is about finding who you are as a person and accepting it.The plot is exactly what you’d expect from an animated movie or cartoon with a bit of project runway on the side. It is about acceptance and it is cute, brief and to the point. Too me it was a bit too simple. The illustra...
  • Sydney ✨
    To be honest, I had no idea what this was about. I saw it in a couple of book hauls and I really liked the cover so I thought I would give it a chance. This was super cute. I loved Frances and her designs were incredible! The premise of this graphic novel was that a prince liked wearing dresses and needed a designer to make him amazing pieces. The story really bloomed from there. It was a nice fluffy read that I inhaled in about a hour. I am so h...