Title: The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author: Jen Wang
Published: February 13, 2018
Goodreads 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? 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.
Oh how I love a good LGBTQIA+ story with a cute, familiar art style to boot. The style reminds me of the animation series, Steven Universe and my childhood images like those on works of Roald Dahl. It’s a fun, colorful comic that transitions smoothly making it easy to follow for any age.
While I don’t have many young children and teens around me my first instinct was: I want youths to read this! The comic is your classic coming-of-age story between choosing to follow expectations or choosing what your heart believes and what bookworm doesn’t like one of those?
Sebastian is the prince of Belgium just turned sixteen who begins a search for his future wife at the insistence of his parents. is living a double life between the stereotypical prince and his female persona named after Frances’ favorite fictional character. Frances is a seamstress working under a local seaming company when she is assigned to create a last minute dress for a client’s daughter. To the surprise of everyone, and myself, Frances creates a bold attire that the client’s daughter shows off at the prince’s ball. This is how Frances gets acknowledged by a mysterious patron who hires her the next day., and then… well, you’ll have to read for yourself, hehe.
My favorite is the love shared between Prince Sebastian and Frances. It’s love in the purest form, and because it doesn’t try to deflect that with too many obstacles I think it’s fitting for children to follow along. I appreciate how Sebastian’s interest in dressing up in women’s wasn’t explicitly defined as being LGBTQIA+. It adds the normalcy LGBTQIA+ communities have been discussing and calling for and this proves our literature is changing towards that direction, one literature at a time.
The only quirk I have about the story is that it’s set during , it uses some modern dialogue. This isn’t so bad though, it’s only a few instances. Other than that, this comic is my children recommends for 2019 and gets a five out of five from me. So, if you love fashion design, kick ass parents, and a good love story I think this is surely up your alley.