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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
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The Prince and the Dressmaker

by Jen Wang, Jen Wang (Illustrator)

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Frances is a young seamstresses who aspires to be a fashion designer someday. Her work goes unappreciated, resulting in negative blowback from her boss. Sought out for her skills by someone wanting a personal seamstress, her spirits are revived. However, Frances gets the surprise of a lifetime when she finds out her employer, Prince Sebastian, is not everything she thought him to be...he is so much more.

Now I am not a fan of graphic novels, but this book was fantastic. First, I need to give mad props to Jen Wang for creating a work of art as beautiful as the story itself. The drawings were vibrant and imaginative. They completely bolstered the words of the story. The unique identities created and explored for the characters in this masterpiece are contemporary and edgy. A fast read, but engaging and heartwarming nonetheless. ( )
  nframke | Apr 30, 2019 |
The unique and courageous characters (not only the dressmaker and her employer, but the entire royal family) are a bonus. Most of my love for this graphic novel is for the luscious dresses... and that headpiece with the extravagant gown near the end!

I was worried my child was too young for the drinking (in the background) and family drama, but she sneaked the book away to read through it before I did without any problems. The book's target audience is YA readers but is also appropriate for a young child familiar with Disney princess movies. ( )
  aspirit | Apr 17, 2019 |
Sebastian hires Frances, a talented young designer to make him dresses. Hiding his identity from her at first and he has hidden this secret all his life. When she discovers who she is sewing for, she is un-phased. She'll get to further her career and he'll get the clothing he wants to wear. Lady Crystallia takes the fashion world by storm. But when Sebastian and Lady Crystallia are revealed to be one and the same, the kingdom and royal community are in an uproar. ( )
  ewyatt | Mar 20, 2019 |
This graphic novel was an interesting read. In many ways it is a fairy tale with a rags-to-riches twist. In some ways it is a coming of age story. Teenage Prince Sebastian has a secret he's been keeping: some days he feels like a prince, but sometimes he wants to wear dresses. Frances, a gifted seamstress with a flair for design, is hired from her place of employment just as she is being fired for making a client the dress of her dreams, even though it is considered by the turn-of-the century (early 1900s) matrons to be less than appropriate. However, when Sebastian saw the dress, he knew that the designer would make perfect dresses to suit. And so fashion-setting Lady Crystallia takes the night scene by storm.

The problem is that Prince Sebastian, an only child, needs to marry appropriately, according to his parents. But who in the list of acceptable brides-to-be will understand the life that he leads, the person he is?

One of the themes is that keeping a secret hurts not only the secret keeper, but those who are part of that secret. Another is that loving a person means accepting that person for who he is, not who you want him to be or think he should be. The final one is that running away rarely solves anything.

While the storyline is a bit anachronistic as many fairy tales are, the art reflects the time period beautifully. And the messages are well worth heeding.

Strongly recommended for those who like fairy tales or coming-of-age novels. Painful scenes include one of drunkenness and another of the result of secrets being publicly revealed when one is not prepared to do so. The sequence for the latter tore at my heart. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Mar 14, 2019 |
This is in Paris at the turn of the century. Prince Sebastian is an eligible prince with a proclivity for fine gowns. He's afraid of what may happen if his secret becomes known, but he entrusts the brilliant Frances to keep his double life going. Frances caught his attention by creating a shocking gown for a client because it was what the client wanted, and Frances dreams of making a real career for herself in fashion. Sebastian - or, Lady Crystallia - need Frances to keep his secret, however. Frances becomes unsure how long she can live inside the secret she's been thrust inside of, or in how fair it is that she must pay the price of that secrecy.

This was a wonderful story that really got to the heart of a very thorny problem and did it with great, almost believable characters and illustrate a complicated issue in a sensitive, compassionate manner. The historical setting was perfectly captured in the illustrations, even if some of the characters were a trifle optimistically portrayed. I didn't mind though, I was rooting for the romance! ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 21, 2019 |
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Wang, JenIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Arnold, AndrewCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Esposito, TaylorDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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?… (more)

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