The Prince and the Dressmaker

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 f...

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Title:The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author:Jen Wang
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The Prince and the Dressmaker Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Dressmaker is a kind of revival of a long used concept, t

    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 Dressmaker is a kind of revival of a long used concept, the idea of (sort of) swapping identities and/or class positions. It has the feel of fantasy and adventure about it, of aspirations, of dreams. It's the story of a "lowly" dressmaker who is hired to secretly design dresses for . . . (oh, it can't be a spoiler for long, and it's the catch of the book, initially, so get over it) the prince. She doesn't want to be poor, she wants to design for the rich and famous; he doesn't want to be chosen to marry the pretty princess, he wants to wear lovely designer dresses (though it is more complicated than that, actually)!

    Sound already cliched, in this time of the explosion of trans (cross-dressing is already a passé term) books? Even if you are far far left (as I am), are you already (secretly) a little tired of all the earnest, anguished coming out--no longer just gay--but trans books, now? [Quickly: Not tired! Really! All good!] Well, if you are the least bit tired with the Earnest stories, but still see the value of them "coming out," this book is for you: Really really fun and refreshing and funny and sweet and at times silly, it's so doggone confirming of everyone involved! And I seemed to call it a trans book, there; without giving TOO much away, I would call this situation gender-fluid, or gender queer, which may not be the same thing? Can desire emerge, in struggle? But lest you think this is too much sexual identity work for kids to read about, it's really not graphic or detailed in any way. It's about a guy who sometimes wants to wear dresses. Among other things.

    For me it started with Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, that I seem to recall reading with my sister when I was ten. It's a story of class envy, and satire (mainly of the upper class), but is also an exciting adventure that spawned hundreds of spinoffs. Dressmaker is a bit like that, this sort of shift of class for gender/sexuality.

    And here's another link for you, of which I was reminded: The deep friendship of Audrey Hepburn and designer Hubert de Givenchy (he said it was "like a marriage"), which itself inspired several books. A picture book I read and liked depicts a friendship between a man with taste and style, a fashion designer, and a girl just too lovely not to dress in the latest fashion, a match made in heaven:

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    (Givenchy went on to design the black dress Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's. To die for, yes!).

    If you think this is a sweet but a little tired as an idea, that you have already read this book somewhere, and know what it is all about, I urge you to think again and read this book. If you think you are so smart as to predict everything that will happen in it--you sophisticate, you!--I will tell you the book has at least three surprises I did not anticipate in the end. I forced it immediately into the hands of the Next Person in the house, insisting she read it, and now: Here, read it, now!

  • Chloe Yeung

    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 I just LOVED the way of storytelling through draw

    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 I just LOVED the way of storytelling through drawings and speech bubbles. For a long time I forgot about graphic novels - I got a Kindle, and reading graphic novels on the device was really inconvenient. The Prince and the Dressmaker was my first graphic novel in a loooooong time - and made me fall in love with the genre all over again.

    Jen's drawings are amazing. The colors are so vibrant + I love the character's outfits so much! <3 Just... look at this.

    Frances is the prince's fashion designer - and I really admire her for working so hard to create such great designs! From a young age I've been interested in fashion design - I used to play fashion designer games all the time and in fact, I'll be joining my school's fashion show as a designer (not a model, duh) this year!

    And Sebastian / the wonderful Lady Crystallia! (I think he is genderfluid? So I'll be referring to Sebastian / Lady Crystallia as they / them.) I was rooting for them all the way :D This is my first time reading a YA novel featuring a genderfluid character - I didn't know much about genderfluidity before, and this book opened my eyes and showed me what it was.

    ★★★★★

    THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING CUTE. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE WASTING YOUR TIME READING MY REVIEW??? GO READ IT. (If anyone wants to buddy read this with me, hit me up! I WILL REREAD THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN UNTIL THE END OF TIME.)

  • 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 consider protesting. Unless, of course, something better gets

    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 consider protesting. Unless, of course, something better gets published—as if. Well look at that, mama bear has come out to protect her babies.

    Prince Sebastian has a scandalous secret: By day, he is the son of the King of Belgium who must act accordingly and, unfortunately, find a princess to marry in order to form a fortunate alliance. But by night, he becomes Lady Crystallia, a fashionable woman who creates trends and is the light of any event.

    All thanks to Frances, Sebastian’s new dressmaker who can transform a boring fabric into a magic dress. Frances knows the prince’s secret, but she is the only one, and that is how it shall remain, or else he might lose this side of him forever. After all, who wants a prince who wears dresses? (I do.)

    I wasn’t that fan of Jen Wang’s IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel about gaming, but this is a completely different creature. Everything about it is perfect and that is not something I get to say very often. But it’s true, from my point of view. I loved the characters, the story, the themes, the drawings, and even the ending (regardless of the fact that it’s not one hundred perfect realistic).

    Now that I think about it, I’m not sure I even breathed as I read this. I was in a state of full absorption.

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  • •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!!!

  • Victoria Schwab

    Absolutely charming.

  • Emily May

    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

    or

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    The illustrations are simple and cartoonish, but still good. It suits the tone of the story,

    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

    or

    .

    The illustrations are simple and cartoonish, but still good. It suits the tone of the story, to be honest.

    is about Frances, a Parisian dressmaker who suddenly receives an amazing opportunity to make dresses for royalty-- Prince Sebastian, to be precise!

    Together the pair dazzle around Paris at night, with Sebastian - or Lady Crystallia - wearing Frances's gorgeous creations. But by day he must go back to being the prince and Frances must keep his secret. Friendship grows between them, and then something else, but when Sebastian's secret threatens an amazing opportunity for Frances, things get complicated.

    Both characters are wonderful and lovable and, as readers shall soon see, they are surrounded by some pretty amazing secondary characters, too. The whole

    near the end might just be one of the best things I've ever seen XD

    I can't stop smiling.

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  • Cam (abookeater)

    The Prince and the Dressmaker is perfect for fans of the manga Princess Jellyfish and eccentric anime such as Ouran HIghschool Host Club.

    It tells the story of a young prince Sebastian who loves to dress up as a woman known simply as Lady Cristallia. After seeing a young designer's talent, he hires her as his personal seamstress, all while knowing he may be shunned by her and proper society. Together they form an intimate friend

    The Prince and the Dressmaker is perfect for fans of the manga Princess Jellyfish and eccentric anime such as Ouran HIghschool Host Club.

    It tells the story of a young prince Sebastian who loves to dress up as a woman known simply as Lady Cristallia. After seeing a young designer's talent, he hires her as his personal seamstress, all while knowing he may be shunned by her and proper society. Together they form an intimate friendship built on trust and acceptance; a message greatly needed in times like ours.

    I had been told this would be a cute read but I was not prepared by the loveliness of the art and the characters. This graphic novel is full of life and flair and it is perfect for kids and adults alike. The art stye is definitely one of my new favorites what with the fluid lines and the beautiful color schemes. The dresses themselves where wonderful and I loved seeing young Frances, quiet and a bit reserved, bloom when it came to designing one of a kind dresses.

    The ending was the best part in my opinion it was both hopeful and triumphant and it made me smile so much. I'm looking forward to more of this author's work!

    I feel like stories like these, that break gender norms and show us a different side of both our lives and history can help future generations accept themselves more easily. Clothes has no gender and in this novel, we get to see that very clearly. What matters is knowing who you are and doing what makes you the happiest.

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