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The Prince and the Dressmaker

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  17,453 ratings  ·  4,081 reviews
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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by First Second
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Cavak Not Disney. I'd be game for an animated adaptation with the same yummy animations as Disney though.
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Emily May
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana
This was absolutely adorable.

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 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda or My Lady Jane.

The illustrations are simple and cartoonish, but still good. It suits the tone of the story,
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Victoria Schwab
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely charming.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved! The art style was colorful and cute and atmospheric, which is exactly what I enjoy in a graphic novel. It takes place in late 19th century France, which gives the story a slightly fairytale vibe. The characters were lovable and helped each other become the best versions of themselves. And, of course, my favorite aspect was how respectfully gender identity is discussed.

I could go on and on about what I loved, but I think you get the point.

One issue I had was that the main ch
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the anachronistic 19th century French fairytale meets Project Runway but with cross dressing and deconstruction of gender norms of my dreams.
Claudia Ramírez
THIS WAS SO PRECIOUS. All of the stars for it!!!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I was so excited to read this graphic novel, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. This is honestly my favorite graphic novel I have read all year—probably in the last two years, even—and I know it is one I would reread again and again in the future. The artwork is beautiful, the story is so sweet, and I just loved every single bit of it from start to finish.

I know a lot of reviewers have said they're hesitant to call this a queer story, because Sebastian never specifically calls himself
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
David Schaafsma
Original 4/1/18 review, slightly updated 9/21/18): 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. I have now seen teen reading it, too. 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 fo ...more
Sarah Andersen
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The art in this! Just stunning! The colors, composition, the flowing linework...
Meanwhile the story is modern while retaining the old-school sweetness and charm of a fairy tale (with a happy ending). Just incredible overall. Worthy of study by all illustrators and writers.
JV ❄️☃️❄️
Absolutely delightful and charming in all the right and bright places!

Finally, an unconventional fairy tale waiting to be told for a new generation! This might sound Cinderella-ish, but everything starts with a royal invitation for the Prince's 16th birthday celebration sans the trope-tastic fairy godmother:

As everyone in town clamors for that alluring gown to wear for the ball, only one dress stood out amidst the kaleidoscope of colors inside the kingdom's hall. Certainly, it caught the atten

Never in a million years did I expect that from this book.

Literally awesome. Beautiful art. Just fantastic stuff.

Read it read it read it.

That's all I have to say.

Karima chermiti
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
well, that was super cute and adorable. My first graphic novel for 2018 and it felt like a breeze of fresh air, I loved it


Full review posted

Well, The Prince and the Dressmaker turned out to be the most delightful surprise of 2018 and for many reasons:

1/ To say that graphic novels aren’t my cup of tea is an understatement. I don’t like them very much and I feel like I can’t get a lot out of them. it’s not like I’m judging them without trying, it’s actually quite the opposite, I tried many times
Patricia Bejarano
La historia tiene un guión increíble, los dibujos son preciosos y la historia es MUY NECESARIA y a la vez, muy bonita. Muchas veces lo que no me acaba de convencer de este tipo de novelas es que no suelo llegar a entender del todo las motivaciones y las personalidades de los personajes, porque siento que es difícil hacerlo... pero es que Jen Wang en este libro lo consigue con creces. Llegamos a conocer a los dos personaj
Joce (squibblesreads)
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was amazing! Beautiful graphic novel with whimsical, royal setting. The art style reflected this in its use of gold, olive, and muted jewel tones.

Topics include gender identity and self expression with relation to gender identity, family pressure. I loved how Frances, the dressmaker, was so skillful and talented with fashion design and was quietly confident. She wouldn’t take no for an answer and valued her self worth. I also loved the use of bright bold colors when showing her designs in c
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)

Empecé a leerlo pensando que iba a ser una novela gráfica más, pero me encontré con una historia increíble sobre un príncipe de Bélgica al que, por las noches, le gusta vestirse de mujer y, eventualmente, encuentra a una chica que le diseña vestidos maravillosos y lo acepta tal cual es sin juzgarlo.

De verdad, The Prince and the Dressmaker es una historia tan linda y natural que no hay lugar a confusiones, enredos mentales o cualquier tipo de juicio negativo. Jen Wang no
•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!!!
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hamad by: Elysia
This review and other reviews can be found here:

🌟 I did not know that this existed until a GR friend recommended it, and that was one hell of a recommendation. I did not even read the synopsis and I actually recommend doing so: it is better to go into this not knowing anything!

🌟 This was a very fast read ~1 hour~ and that is why everyone should try it, I know some readers will not agree to the idea of the story but the message it holds is important; I do believe this books dea
Krista Regester
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The Art! The Story! The Art! Everything about this was great and amazing. I read this is one sitting and refused to put it down.
Cam (abookeater)
A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
So wonderfully sweet and kind.
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Oh this was absolutely precious! Great art style as well! 👏🏼
This was so cute! And I loved the art! And the ending was so sweet and heartwarming!
Emir Ibañez
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ay pero qué bonito ♥♥♥
Banny Carstairs
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes, the King did THAT!
UGH THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE AND HEARTWARMING 💕 the graphics were gorgeous, the storyline was cute, and the characters are amazing. i forgot just how much i love graphic novels
Serethiel ☽ ✨
When I first reviewed this, I wrote that I had no plans for a public review, and friends were welcome to PM me for my full thoughts.

...Well, I've changed my mind (although friends are still welcome to PM me ;) ).

First off, here's a little background (spoiler alert, I'm a conservative Christian):

I picked up this book because of the synopsis. Because, upon first glance, it looked like a kid's book (?!?!). And, being a reader who might someday marry a fellow reader and possibly find herself the pro
Xan West
A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This is not solely a fluffy feel-good cute story, as many reviews describe it. There are lovely and sweet moments in it, but it also has other things going on that may be difficult and painful for trans and/or non-binary readers.

I enjoyed many things about this YA graphic novel. The art was spectacular, really drew me in. The pacing of the story was lovely, just a bit meditative but still compelling. I really
chloe ꒰♡ˊ͈ ु꒳ ूˋ͈꒱.⑅*♡
I received an ARC of this book from Rich in Variety Tours in exchange for an honest review.

You can call me... Lady Crystallia.



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
"I'm a prince who likes dresses."


The Prince and the Dressmaker is a graphic novel I've had my eye on since before it was released, and the premise intrigued me.

In this story, we follow Sebastian: by day, he's the crown prince of Belgium, destined to marry a princess and carry on his family's legacy. But by night, he's Lady Crystallia, the hottest fashion icon in Paris.

Sebastian hires Frances, a young girl with incredible talent, to be his seamstress. She's his best friend and the only one who
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“When I first learned the truth, I thought Sebastian's life would be ruined. But seeing you, I realized everything would be fine. Because someone still loved him.” 15 likes
“My whole life is other people deciding what's acceptable. When I put on a dress, I get to decide what's silly.” 9 likes
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