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.
Additionally, in 2018, it will focus on two major endeavors:
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 Musée de la Toile de Jouy and its collections, as well as the Oberkampf story, that they decided to undertake a fundraising 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.
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.
Digitizing 17,600 samples and watercolors of designs currently compiled in large albums
Cataloguing and photographing 4,000 separate textiles and costumes
Restoring and cleaning damaged textiles before they are photographed
Creating a database to be uploaded on a website featuring both open-source and subscription features.
Maintaining and enhancing the website
Sponsoring the digitization of the Musée de la Toile de Jouy’s collections to make them accessible by all. This major undertaking, which is estimated to cost US$400,000 includes
Bringing Madame Oberkampf's court dress to New York for the Metropolitan Museum's exhibition "Visitors to Versailles" (April 16-July 29, 2018)