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, LGBT, Comics, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Prince and the Dressmaker

  • Emily May
    This was absolutely adorable.I'm not exaggerating when I say books like this really do restore a little of my faith in humanity. It's a really cute story but, as a person who generally prefers "tense" and "gritty" over "cute" reads, it's not too saccharine as to be unbearable. This is a good graphic novel for readers who enjoy the occasional fun read like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda or My Lady Jane.The illustrations are simple and cartoonis...
  • Lola
    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...
  • Victoria Schwab
    Absolutely charming.
  • Zoë
    Loved, loved, loved! The art style was colorful and cute and atmospheric, which is exactly what I enjoy in a graphic novel. It takes place in late 19th century France, which gives the story a slightly fairytale vibe. The characters were lovable and helped each other become the best versions of themselves. And, of course, my favorite aspect was how respectfully gender identity is discussed. I could go on and on about what I loved, but I think you ...
  • Ariel
    I just.. loved this. It was so solid. The art was beautiful.. I'll probably buy anything that Jen Wang ever releases. The story was fun and the ending made me happy and emotional. I felt like the story was a little straight forward and predictable, but not in a way that frustrated me. It felt like a fairy tale where you know the lesson, you know the moral, but you still want to hear it.
  • 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.
  • Claudia Ramírez
    THIS WAS SO PRECIOUS. All of the stars for it!!!
  • Whitney Atkinson
    This was running at a four stars for me the entire book because it was precious and supportive and the art was great.... but then the climax hit and I immediately bumped it up a star. This book was SO great and was the perfect balance of simplistic while also hitting such important topics like being gender fluid and acceptance thereof. I devoured this in less than an hour and cannot wait to buy a copy for my shelf, since this was a library copy! ...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    I was so excited to read this graphic novel, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. This is honestly my favorite graphic novel I have read all year—probably in the last two years, even—and I know it is one I would reread again and again in the future. The artwork is beautiful, the story is so sweet, and I just loved every single bit of it from start to finish.I know a lot of reviewers have said they're hesitant to call this a queer story...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    I smile every time I think about this. SO GOOD!
  • Sarah Andersen
    The art in this! Just stunning! The colors, composition, the flowing linework...Meanwhile the story is modern while retaining the old-school sweetness and charm of a fairy tale (with a happy ending). Just incredible overall. Worthy of study by all illustrators and writers.
  • 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.
  • David Schaafsma
    Original 4/1/18 review, slightly updated 9/21/18): 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. I have now seen teen reading it, too. 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 goo...
  • Larry H
    "Some days I look at myself in the mirror and think, 'That's me, Prince Sebastian! I wear boy clothes and look like my father.' Other days it doesn't feel right at all. Those days I feel like I'm actually...a princess."Prince Sebastian is 16 years old, and his parents are pressuring him to find a wife. They keep suggesting all types of young women, princesses and other royalty from other countries. He knows he needs to be strategic to help the ki...
  • JV (semi-hiatus)
    Absolutely delightful and charming in all the right and bright places! Finally, an unconventional fairy tale waiting to be told for a new generation! This might sound Cinderella-ish, but everything starts with a royal invitation for the Prince's 16th birthday celebration sans the trope-tastic fairy godmother: As everyone in town clamors for that alluring gown to wear for the ball, only one dress stood out amidst the kaleidoscope of colors inside ...
  • emma
    WHAAAAAAT.Never in a million years did I expect that from this book.Literally awesome. Beautiful art. Just fantastic stuff. Read it read it read it.That's all I have to say.Bottom line: WHY HAVEN'T YOU READ THIS YET WHEN I JUST VERY POLITELY DEMANDED YOU DO SO.
  • Karima chermiti
    well, that was super cute and adorable. My first graphic novel for 2018 and it felt like a breeze of fresh air, I loved it Full review postedWell, The Prince and the Dressmaker turned out to be the most delightful surprise of 2018 and for many reasons:1/ To say that graphic novels aren’t my cup of tea is an understatement. I don’t like them very much and I feel like I can’t get a lot out of them. it’s not like I’m judging them without t...
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    This was amazing! Beautiful graphic novel with whimsical, royal setting. The art style reflected this in its use of gold, olive, and muted jewel tones.Topics include gender identity and self expression with relation to gender identity, family pressure. I loved how Frances, the dressmaker, was so skillful and talented with fashion design and was quietly confident. She wouldn’t take no for an answer and valued her self worth. I also loved the use...
  • •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!!!
  • Krista Regester
    The Art! The Story! The Art! Everything about this was great and amazing. I read this is one sitting and refused to put it down.
  • Hamad
    This review and other reviews can be found here:Thebookprescription🌟 I did not know that this existed until a GR friend recommended it, and that was one hell of a recommendation. I did not even read the synopsis and I actually recommend doing so: it is better to go into this not knowing anything!🌟 This was a very fast read ~1 hour~ and that is why everyone should try it, I know some readers will not agree to the idea of the story but the me...
  • Banny Carstairs
    Yes, the King did THAT! I
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Oh this was absolutely precious! Great art style as well! 👏🏼
  • kayla ☕ (hiatus)
    UGH THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE AND HEARTWARMING 💕 the graphics were gorgeous, the storyline was cute, and the characters are amazing. i forgot just how much i love graphic novels
  • Scott
    "You being here is the start of something new for me. My whole life is other people deciding what's acceptable. When I put on a dress, I get to decide what's silly." -- Prince Sebastian, a.k.a. 'Lady Chrystallia,' to Frances the dressmaker (on page 47)This is a wonderful graphic novel about friendship and acceptance. Set in late 19th century Europe, a well-meaning teenage Belgian prince named Sebastian struggles with finding his place in this wor...
  • 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...
  • Erin(mortaldivergence)
    This was so cute! And I loved the art! And the ending was so sweet and heartwarming!
  • Tatiana
    So wonderfully sweet and kind.