Recognizing that technology and mass production are intrinsic to modern design, the Toile de Jouy International Foundation seeks to ensure that standards of excellence and craftsmanship pioneered 250 years ago by Christophe Philippe Oberkampf continue to inspire all who
appreciate good design today.
The Toile de Jouy International Foundation was conceived by two American-based descendants of Christophe Philippe Oberkampf, Gonzague de Luze and Sylvia Brown, who attended a historic family gathering in Jouy-en-Josas, in September 2015. They were so impressed by the Oberkampf story, that they decided to undertake an awareness-raising initiative in the United States.
In Spring 2016, they were joined by the distinguished historic textile collector, Jill Lasersohn who has assembled the largest private collection of Toile de Jouy in America. The Foundation obtained its 501C3 status in Summer 2017 and launched its first marketing initiative with the firm Images & Details, which specializes in the design and fashion worlds.
The Foundation believes that Toile de Jouy and the values it represents are an intrinsic part of our global cultural heritage.
The Foundation will undertake educational and awareness raising activities in the United States to publicize the Toile de Jouy story. For example, in 2018, it brought Madame Oberkampf's court dress to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the "Visitors To Versailles" exhibition. The Foundation also explore partnerships with leading fabric houses with the view of launching a "roadshow" in 2019-2020 to present treasures from the Jill Lasersohn Collection around the United States.