The Color tutorial will be held Tuesday, April 1, from 2:00-5:15 p.m. and will feature Color Choice: An Optimization of Dye Selection and Color Consistency, Colorfastness, Color Match and Cost Requirements by Donna Faber, JCPenney and Best Practices for Visual and Instrumental Color Evaluation taught by Ann
Laidlaw, RoLyn Group Color Consultants.

Tutorial Overview

Donna's presentation will provide the designer and PD staff with insight into how their choice of palette colors (and strategy for choosing) affects the color requirements of cost, fashion, durability, and dyeing reproducibility further downstream. It will look at possibilities and limitations of dye classes and dyeing processes and demonstrate ways in which well-informed color decisions can be made upstream to facilitate execution of downstream requirements.

Ann will review the basics of color assessment, emphasizing Best Practices for visual and instrumental procedures, aligned with AATCC test methods and evaluation procedures. She will address describing color and color difference results for better color communication to suppliers and customers

A discounted tutorial registration fee is available to individuals attending the conference. The tutorial is NOT included with the conference registration.



A Welcoming Reception will be held on Tuesday, April 1, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the exhibit area. Socialize with your colleagues and visit the tabletop exhibits while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Full registration includes ONE ticket to the Welcoming Reception.  Additional tickets may be ordered in advance at US$35 each.


Posters will be available for viewing during the April 1 Welcoming Reception and the following day. Presenters will be in attendance on April 2 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m to discuss their research and address questions.


Tabletop exhibits will feature CAD/CAM systems and software; color management software, systems, and solutions; auxiliaries, dyes, and chemicals; and testing equipment and services for the apparel and textile wet processing industry. Exhibits will be open during the Welcoming Reception on April 1 and from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. and 4:15 – 6:00 p.m. on April 2. A continental breakfast will be served in the exhibit area from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. on April 2 and a reception will be held in the exhibit area that afternoon from 4:15 – 6:00 p.m. Admittance to the exhibit area will require a conference badge.


The Awards Luncheon will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. The program will feature the presentation of the Olney Medal for outstanding achievement in textile chemistry, the Harold C. Chapin Award for service to AATCC, the Young Entrepreneur Award, the TCR Service Award, the J. W. Weaver Award for best paper published in AATCC Review, and the winners of the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition.

Full registration includes ONE ticket to the Awards Luncheon.  Additional tickets may be ordered in advance at US$40 each.

The Olney Medal Address will be presented on Thursday, April 3, from 8:15 – 8:55 a.m.

Conducted under the auspices of AATCC’s Textile Education Committee, the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition will be held Wednesday, April 2, from 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Papers are judged on originality, scientific value, and presentation. AATCC Interest Groups provide the judges whose balloting determines the order of finish. Results of the competition will be announced at the Awards Luncheon.


Take a step back in time on Wednesday, April 2, as you tour the house and grounds of the Biltmore Estate. The 250 room French Renaissance chateau was constructed from 1889-1895 by George Vanderbilt and is the largest home in the U. S. The tour will also include Biltmore’s Antler Hill village and winery. Lunch is Dutch treat at one of the eateries on the estate. The US$120 registration fee includes transportation to and from the Crowne Plaza Hotel as well as a ticket to Tuesday’s Welcoming Reception. Limited availability, first come first served.


Conference papers will be made available for download to attendees prior to the conference.


As an added incentive for all attendees to remain for the entire program, we will have a drawing at the conclusion of each educational track on Thursday, April 3, for a Kindle Fire HD. Tickets will be provided to all in attendance and you must be present to win.