Author: Jen Wang
Publisher: First Second
Genre: Graphic Novel, Romance
Publication Date: 2018
In The Prince and the Dressmaker, Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride. Well. His parents are and throw a ball in his honor. All the young ladies in Paris are excited and dresses are commissioned. One dress, however, shocks everyone and grabs Sebastian’s attention. He decides to hire the dressmaker, Frances, for a special and secretive purpose: to design the most beautiful dresses for him.
Frances longs to be a famous designer. She quickly agrees to Sebastian’s unusual request and turns him into Lady Crystallia, Paris’s newest fashion icon. She and Sebastian grow closer and closer, but living in secret, unable to take credit for her designs, isn’t how Frances wants to live.
My goodness, The Prince and the Dressmaker was just the most adorable and lighthearted story I’ve read in awhile! I loved Sebastian and Frances with all my heart. Sebastian just wants to be free to be himself, someone he feels most like when he’s dressed in beauty. Frances desires the same thing, but faces hard decisions along the way. Not only does she have to decide if she wants to stay a secret, but when given the chance to go public, she has to decide between success and being herself.
There is a romance in this, and it’s lovely. Frances and Sebastian grow closer and close throughout the book, and you can really feel the tension between them. It’s done in looks and words and little touches, and it’s just lovely.
The end is wonderful, too. I won’t spoil it for anyone, but it brought tears to my eyes. It’s truly fantastic.
Yes! Please, go read this book. It will make you very happy!