Jaqi Fragata Simeon, An Indigo Christmas Spirit

The 12 Women of Christmas 2009 Series

November 15, 2009
Location: Elysium Gardens
Model/MUA/Stylist: Jaqi Fragata Simeon
Creative Director/Photographer: Rman Nepomuceno
Accessories by: Gissele dela Merced

About Jaqi:

Occupation: English Communications Specialist (Sykes Asia, Inc.); ESL (English as Second Language) Consultant

Christmas 2009 Message:

Christmas is not just a season; it is a state of mind that if everyone will be in, we’ll have a collective hope, love and happiness. Feel the Christmas spirit within you!

Jaqi’s Personal Style Guide for Christmas:

I don’t usually set a guide for my style. I just go with what I feel and what I think looks glam on me. I think that’s my style guide this Christmas: A “go-with-your-glam” style. I believe that what’s glamorous in one may not necessarily be glam in others. So you gotta find your own glam. Though, at times, my preference may be influenced by personalities that share similar styles. Lately, I find Eva Longoria’s and Pia Guanio’s fashion sense very similar with my own.


Other Facts:

The Indigo Color Symbol:

The color of Indigo was a deep, rich dark blue

Sometimes referred to as Royal Blue with its obvious connotation

The symbolic meaning of the color indigo was power, importance and wealth

Indigo with the color blue has a Biblical meaning symbolizing heavenly grace. The Virgin Mary is often depicted wearing indigo or blue clothing

The source was the indigo plants and the dye was imported from India – extremely expensive and used to produce the color indigo

Indigo dye held colors fast and this rich color was worn by the wealthy and not to be confused with the color blue which was produced by using cheap blue dye obtained from woad

People who were allowed to wear the color indigo during the Elizabethan era, as decreed by the English Sumptuary Laws, were Royalty, Nobility and members of the Council

The color and material used in Elizabethan Clothing was extremely important. People who could wear the color Indigo was dictated by English Law! These were called the Sumptuary Laws. The colors of Elizabethan clothes, including the color Indigo, provided information about the status of the man or woman wearing them. This was not just dictated by the wealth of the person, it also reflected their social standing. The meaning of colors during the Elizabethan era represented many aspects of their life – the social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism was reflected in the color Indigo!

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