The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Graphic Novel - 2018
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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!
Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250159854
Branch Call Number: GN Y WANG
Characteristics: 276 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jun 20, 2018

What a wonderful graphic novel! The drawings are gorgeous and the writing is well thought out. I would have loved to read a graphic novel like this when I was younger. Prince Sebastian exists as a gender non-conforming individual while still being a prince. I see myself in Sebastian, and its nice to see a story written about someone like myself. I also really appreciate how not only was Frances Sebastian's friend regardless of his presentation of gender, the first time she starts to recognize her attraction to him is when he is dressed femininely. I devoured this book in one evening, and I will be reading it again so I can fully admire the artwork and enjoy the story again. I will also definitely be purchasing a copy for my own collection so I can share it with the people in my life. I would recommend this to any person who would like to see a gender non-conforming individual in art and writing. I would also recommend this book to younger audiences as it is both age appropriate for younger audiences and meaningful.

My favorite new Teen Graphic Novel of 2018! It's got sewing, historical costumes, lovable characters, and a friendship between a dressmaker and her gender non-conforming prince that turns into something more... it's just delightful!

Apr 25, 2018

I really enjoyed this MG/YA story of Sebastian, a seemingly genderfluid French prince, and Frances, the fashion designer who helps him live a hidden life as Lady Crystallia. It's pretty harrowing in places, especially when Sebastian/Crystallia is publicly outed and when Sebastian falls into self-loathing, but I loved Frances's complete acceptance of who Sebastian *is* even when she can't live with the choices Sebastian feels forced to make in order to secure even a little freedom for his/gender-neutral-pronoun identity. Outside of the painful parts, it's funny, sweet, charming, and the dresses are gorgeous. Very much recommended if the self-hate and outing doesn't push your buttons in a bad way.


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