Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Jen Wang

Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 13-Feb-2018
Date Finished: 27-Aug-2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 288
Genres: Young Adult, YA, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+, Identity
ISBN: 9781626723634
Source: NetGalley

Reading Challenges: Goodreads Reading Challenge


“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 was an absolutely heart-lifting read. This adorable identity story revolves around Prince Sebastian’s love of wearing dresses and fashion that are typically for women. This graphic novel is beautifully drawn in full color. The evolution of the characters is well done. We can understand both characters’ struggles and highlights.

I definitely recommend this graphic novel. It is gorgeously illustrated and tells a wonderful story of acceptance.

About the Author

“Jen Wang is a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator based in Los Angeles.”


I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


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