The Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Publisher: First Second (FierceReads)
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Summary: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?
My Thoughts: The Prince And The Dressmaker is a delightful graphic novel that will capture you from page 1 as it breaks gender norms in Paris at the turn of the 19th Century! From the delightful artwork, characters, and fast-paced, but wonderfully developed plot, this story is filled with important themes such as trust and friendship. The Prince And The Dressmaker is a must read graphic novel for 2018~
The Prince And The Dressmaker was such an immersive story that had me hooked from the very beginning!
The story starts with Frances, a lower-level seamstress. However, when she gets assigned to create a dress for Lady Sophia for an upcoming ball hosted by Prince Sebastian, her life quickly changes.
When word spreads of her dress, Frances gets approached by someone who offers her 5 francs for to work for an unknown client. She quickly learns that client is none other than, prince Sebastian.
Prince Sebastian loves wearing dresses and he now entrusts Frances to keep his secret. He dresses up and goes out into town by the name of Lady Crystallia.
I loved the friendship + dynamic between Frances & Prince Sebastian so much! The prince & the dressmaker forge such a beautiful friendship forged on trust and the growth that develops overtime as Frances continues to make dresses for him.
Sebastian goes through such development as we learn more about him. Seeing the stress and pressure put upon him by his family to find a wife, we see how unhappy he feels. But with Frances happy to help him, we see him shine as Lady Crystallia.
“…I don’t feel like Prince Sebastian could lead a nation into battle, but Lady Crystallia could.”
Similarly, as Frances wants to grow as a seamstress, we see the stress she feels at times to hide who she is in order to keep Sebastian’s secret. However, what we learn further into the story is that Frances feels without her work as a seamstress, she’ll be nothing.
Through their beautiful friendship, we see how their stresses and struggles fade as both Frances and Sebastian come to see how it allows them both to shine.
The artwork is so beautiful! You can see the deep emotion and beauty of Frances dresses come to life through the art. The colors weaved in with each page bring so much to the brilliant artwork!
I highly recommend The Prince And The Dressmaker & The Tea Dragon Society if your looking to get into graphic novels! Both are fast-paced, but capture you with their beautiful and immersive stories, characters & artwork!
The Prince And The Dressmaker is delightful, charming, and diverse graphic novel that breaks gender norms and puts a focus on trust and friendship! Everything about this graphic novel from the story to the characters, and messages will capture your heart in this delightful + heartwarming story!