The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang: ARC 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 friendship built on trust and acceptance; a message greatly needed in times like ours.

I had been told this would be a cute read but I was not prepared by the loveliness of the art and the characters. This graphic novel is full of life and flair and it is perfect for kids and adults alike. The art stye is definitely one of my new favorites what with the fluid lines and the beautiful color schemes. The dresses themselves where wonderful and I loved seeing young Frances, quiet and a bit reserved, bloom when it came to designing one of a kind dresses.

The ending was the best part in my opinion it was both hopeful and triumphant and it made me smile so much. I’m looking forward to more of this author’s work!

I feel like stories like these, that break gender norms and show us a different side of both our lives and history can help future generations accept themselves more easily. Clothes have no gender and in this novel, we get to see that very clearly. What matters is knowing who you are and doing what makes you the happiest.


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