The Prince and the Dressmaker – Jen Wang

Sebastian:

Frances, you being here is the start of something new for me.

My whole life is other people deciding what’s acceptable. When I put on a dress, I get to decide what’s silly.

The Prince and the Dressmaker is just plain adorable.

Frances wants to be a designer & she is excited to be offered a position to be the official seamstress of someone in the palace. Turns out that someone is the Prince himself and he wants her to design magnificent dresses for him. Soon Prince Sebastian and Frances are turning heads, going out on the town in Frances’ creations. As time passes, they become friends… and maybe more? Until Sebastian’s secret is threatened and everything crumbles…

Graphic novels are one of the genres that I’m trying to read more of and this book is exactly why. There is something to be said about connecting to a story on a more visual level and graphic novels need the story to make them great because it is much harder for them to fall back on fancy prose. I loved the story; I loved the artwork & I really connected to both Sebastian and especially Frances.

A part of me always feels a pang of remorse when I finish a graphic novel. I can’t imagine the time and work that went into creating it and I will usually finish the whole thing in a quick sitting. The Prince and the Dressmaker was no exception. I flew through it with a big grin on my face the entire time (and the fashion show at the end was worth my time all on its own!). Of course I was sad when it was over so quickly, but I’m anxious to see what Jen Wang does next.

Frances: Everything good that’s happened to me has been because of sewing. I’m afraid if I ever stop, I’ll be nothing.

Sebastian: You’re my friend. If you stopped sewing today you’re still the best friend I’ve ever had.

4 Spades

4 spades

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