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Victoria & Albert Museum Desk Diary 2010 Diary – 2 Jul 2009


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  • Diary: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Dsk edition (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711230056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711230057
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 19.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 863,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2009
This is an attractive desk diary which features clothing, footwear, headgear, jewellery, paintings and photographs from the Victoria & Albert museum's Asian collections. The countries represented include India, China, Japan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Korea and Burma (particularly the first three). Almost all of the illustrations are in full colour, apart from a few vintage photographs. The pages which feature clothing or clothing detail (as the cover does) are especially stunning with wonderful, vibrant colours. I'd say these account for almost half of the illustrations.

You should be aware this diary is NOT hardcover as described above - the V&A stopped that after 2007. Rather it's a kind of half-paperback/half-hardback hybrid, featuring a stiff cardboard cover that still has some flex. The layout is the same as in previous years. Each double page spread covers one week, with a blank space for each day (the size varies depending on the illustrations for that page but is either 9cm x 4.5cm, 17cm x 2.6cm or 17cm x 4.5cm). There are 2010 and 2011 calendars up front, an integrated bookmark, a storage pocket at the back and two blank pages at the end of the diary for notes. There is also a list of forthcoming exhibitions scheduled at the V&A museum from Sept 2009 to Jan 2011.

This is a classy and attractive desk diary. It would be a particularly suitable gift for anyone interested in costume design or fabrics. I buy the V&A diary every year and I think this edition is the nicest for a while. It doesn't have a lot of space and if you have a lot of appointments to keep track of or notes to make, it's probably not suitable. I use it as a brief diary of what I did each day and it allows me to write 3-4 sentences per day.
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By Little spud on 31 Jan. 2010
This stunningly beautiful product is illustrated throughout with images and details of clothes, fabrics, footwear and jewellery etc, from the V&A museum's Asian collection. Printed on gorgeous matt paper (which is also easier to write on than gloss), the lavish illustrations (often consisting of 'just' an abstracted detail) would give pleasure to anyone with a love of art/textile/pattern/clothing or just colour; and I find myself poring over them even when I don't have an entry to make.
I loved the covers, which although not actually hardback (as mentioned by one reviewer), are far from flimsy and are flexible, durable and have a matt laminate finish which sets off the bright cover illustration perfectly, and also have a useful pocket inside the back cover. There's a lovely bronze-green ribbon place holder too.
My only criticism would be the lack of address/contacts pages at the back, which I still like to use. Other than that I will be ordering my next V&A diary early next time, even if it costs more as it's a must have!
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Beautiful. Full page colour pictures from collections from all over the world. Inspiring. Clear week to view diary with plenty of room for all of lifes things to do.
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By sgmy on 16 April 2010
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Lovely diary- good quality paper, lovely range of colourful pictures- a real pleasure to use.
Bendy cover to enable ease of use.
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Expected a general insight into the V & A, displays but got a specialist survey of Asian Textiles!
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