Review: The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Publisher: First Second

Published on: 13th Feb 2018

Genres: YA, graphic novel, LGBTQIAP+

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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.

This title has Common Core connections.

My Thoughts

The Prince and The Dressmaker is my first graphic novel and I am so happy that I choose this one to dip my toes into this genre. The Prince and the Dressmaker was such a beautiful and heartwarming story. I flew through this book and I just couldn’t stop reading it till I reached the very last page.

What I liked:
The first thing I liked about this book was the graphics/illustrations. They were just so so beautiful. The graphics were very colourful, vibrant and they brought the story to life so stunningly.

I have never read a book with just cross dressing or more importantly gender fluidity as the topic. Mostly a man who cross dresses is portrayed as gay or someone confused about whether he is actually a woman. But this book was different because Sebastian was not put into these stereotypes, he was just a prince who liked to wear dresses, a prince who sometimes liked to look like a princess. This was one of the main reasons why this book made such a mark on my heart.

I loved Sebastian’s and Frances’ love story and it was portrayed so sweetly through the graphics. The way Frances looked at the prince and all that looked so cute through the graphics. Actually the artwork increased their love story’s sweetness quotient ten folds.

This section of what I liked can not be completed without talking about how much I loved Fances’ character. She was a strong female character who was not afraid to stand up for her dreams and herself. Even though she needed a bit of help to sort things out a little in the end, but still she was such a strong heroine who will always be one of my favourite female characters.

I also liked Sebastian’s character, though he was afraid of what people would think but still he was not afraid to take steps privately to fulfil his dream, the main thing is he accepted himself even if he didn’t have the courage to accept himself publicly. Did he get the courage to accept himself publicly at the end? To know the answer you need to read the book.

And lastly a side character that I absolutely adored was Emile. He definitely needs a special mention here for being such an awesome character.

And lastly I ended up loving Sebastian’s family too.

What I Didn’t like:
There is nothing I didn’t like about this book. This book was just perfect.

The Prince and The Dressmaker is a cute, beautiful and touching story with beautiful artwork, and I think anyone who is not going to read this story is going to miss out on something very precious.

Have you read The Prince and The Dressmaker? Did you like it?


4 thoughts on “Review: The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang

  1. I’ve heard really positive things about this graphic novel and it’s been sitting on my TBR for a while now. I can’t wait to pick it up 😀 Sounds like a lovely heartwarming read that’s much needed right now!

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    1. Yeah, this book is, in my opinion, a perfect escape reality read. It is so sweet and most importantly it makes you believe that whatever happens everything would turn out to be ok at the end…..


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