Wang, Jen. The Prince and the Dressmaker. First Second, 2018. ISBN 978-1626723634 pp. $17.99
A prince angsts over his family’s demand that he find a bride while he moonlights in ladies clothing. Only his talented dressmaker knows his secret… Sebastian’s secret prevents Frances from reaching her own potential, and they seem to be falling for one another. At what point can they continue to deny their true selves and dreams?
The story manages to be both subversive and inclusive. The gender-bending and identity issues will make LGBTQIA+ readers feel seen, and has a modern feel juxtaposed with the historical setting.
This is a beautifully drawn graphic novel with perfect timing and a wonderful sense of movement to it that propels the reader. Wang has crafted gorgeous costumes for her characters. The Parisian setting plays homage to the fashion industry and showcases the artist’s talent not just for fabulous gowns by the the architecture of the times. The setting and courtly life are appealing for fairy tale fans. The romance is so very sweet.
I bought this to own and we ALL loved it (Ms. 8, Mr. 10, myself – 45 – and my partner -48). Our copy is tattered from so many re-reads.