Desire Smith is an Adjunct Instructor of Costume History at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English, a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology, and 30 credits beyond the Master's Degree in Art History, Photography, and Dance.
Publications: (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd), Hats (1996); Vintage Style, 1920 – 1960 (1997); Fashionable Clothing From The Sears Catalogs, Early 1950s (1997); Fashionable Clothing From The Sears Catalogs, Late 1960s (1998); Fashionable Clothing From The Sears Catalogs, Early 1970s (1998); Fashion Footwear, 1800 – 1970 (2000); Handbag Chic (2005); Fun Handbags (2006). In addition, she has written numerous price guides and short articles relating to antique and vintage clothing and accessories, and her photographs have been published in a number of periodicals, including (German) Vogue.
A collector of antique and vintage clothing and accessories, Desire has lectured about various aspects of costume history for many years, and, with material from her collection, has participated in numerous exhibitions of historic costume. As a consultant to auctioneers for more than eight years, she organized and listed antique and couture clothing and accessories consigned for auction, averaging three or four major auctions each year. Currently, Desire is writing a book about lingerie from 1920 – 1980 for Schiffer Publishing.
Teaching Philosophy: Inspire the students… to love costume history as much as I love costume history, and to realize the importance of studying the past in order to understand the present—and the relevance of the history of costume in relation to contemporary fashion design.