Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker


Title: The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author: Jen Wang
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel
Publisher: First Second
Source: Library
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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 who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.


I’m so glad I finally read this graphic novel! I saw everyone raving about it in the spring, and it definitely lived up to the hype!

This is an important story about being yourself. Sebastian and Frances have a unique relationship. Frances puts her own dreams on hold to support Sebastian’s nightly activities of dressing up as Lady Crystallia. They both have to protect his secret identity, but it can only last for so long.

One of the most fascinating things about graphic novels for me is the art. I always wonder how the artists create the story through the different panels. At the end of this story, there are a few pages where Jen Wang talks about her process. I loved reading about this, because it is so different from the work that I do. I would love to make a graphic novel one day, just to see how the entire process works.

I highly recommend this book! It was great!

What to read next:

  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

  • Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Whitney Cogar

Have you read The Prince and the Dressmaker? What did you think of it?


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