Toyota Lecture Series

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The Toyota Lecture Series in Design was established through a generous $1 million endowment gift to the College for Creative Studies from Toyota Motor Company. The endowment is used to bring prominent designers and scholars in all fields of design to speak at CCS.

Previous Toyota Lecturers include Hideichi Misonom, Shiro Nakamura, Alexander Gelman, April Greiman, Wahei Hirai, Kevin Hunter, Syd Mead, Daniel Pink, Karim Rashid, Chris Lefteri, Matthew Crawford, Stephen Burks, Stefan Sielaff, Kyle Cooper, Ezio Manzini and Min Wang.

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Carmela Spinelli Biography

Carmela Spinelli is a fashion historian and coordinator of International Special Projects at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She currently travels the world lecturing on fashion and design, coordinates international admissions and recruitment, and develops innovative curriculum and academic initiatives.

Spinelli served as Chair of the Fashion and Accessory Design Department at SCAD from 2011 to 2013 during which time she developed curriculum for SCAD’s international and domestic locations. Prior to this role, she served as Associate Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parson’s The New School of Design under renowned chair Tim Gunn.  Spinelli oversaw academic curricular and faculty development, international special projects, and internship programs.  Spinelli coordinated the department’s History of French Decorative Arts and Fashion study abroad program in conjunction with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Museé des Art Décoratifs in Paris.  She also developed special projects for Parsons, partnering with the world’s finest luxury brands, retailers and trade associations including LVMH, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Italian Trade Commission, Ducatti, SAGA Furs and Van Clef and Arpels.

Spinelli lectures extensively on design, fashion history and the fashion business.  She has spoken at the Beijing Institute of Fashion, Fashion Forward Dubai, and the Centro de Arte y Cultura in Honduras.

She holds a Masters Degree in the History of Decorative Art from The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Parsons The New School for Design. Spinelli received the Lisa Taylor Fellowship from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum for academic achievement.


Past Lecturers

Louise Fili
Hideichi Misonom
Shiro Nakamura
Alexander Gelman
April Greiman
Wahei Hirai
Kevin Hunter
Syd Mead
Daniel Pink
Karim Rashid
Chris Lefteri
Matthew Crawford
Stephen Burks
Stefan Sielaff
Ed Fella
Kyle Cooper
Ezio Manzini
Min Wang
Glenn Shrum

David Gibson
Massimo Ferragamo
Ken Walker
Stefan Sagmiester
Cynthia E. Smith
Walter Hood
Marco Susani
Leo Espinosa
Neville Page
Gordon Bruce
Chris Pullman
Matthew Crawford
Brian Connelly
Scott Robertson
Toshikatzu Koyiashi
Jon Calame
Damon Rich

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