On Wednesday, one of the most celebrated Designer Wendell Rodricks in India, passed away at the age of 59 in Goa. The designer was at his Colvale residence in Goa at the time of his death.
Besides being an A-list designer, Rodricks was also an activist for various social causes, the environment, and gay rights.
In 2014, Government of India’s fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, was awarded to him. He was also awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2015.
Family sources confirmed that Heart attack is believed to be the reason of his death.
Rodricks was born in a Goan Catholic family, and grew up in Mumbai. He began his career in fashion designing by using his savings to study fashion in Los Angeles and Paris.
Wendell Rodricks launched his own fashion brand in 1989 and announced his retirement from his label in 2016, which he then handed over to his long-time associate Schulen Fernandes.
Rodricks was also a part of the khadi movement, and even promoted it at the world’s largest organic fair, BioFach, at Nuremberg, Germany, in 2011 when he was invited there.
In 2017, he presented a collection for plus-size women at the Lakme Fashion Week.
Malaika Arora and Waluscha De Sousa, mourned the loss of designer. “I first sat and cried, and then I sat alone and smiled and laughed just thinking of all the beautiful, beautiful memories and moments we shared,” Malaika wrote in an Instagram post while Waluscha’s tribute said: “I owe everything I am today to you.”
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I owe everything I am today to you. You discovered me at the age of 16 in my uniform and you never let go of my hand after that. You will forever be fondly remembered my friend and mentor. We have beautiful memories together and they will live on. I still cannot believe that you are gone but I pray that your soul rests in peace. I love you #rip @wendellrodricks
Arjun Rampal and Richa Chadha also mourned the designer in heart-felt posts.
Gutted to hear about the untimely demise of @Wendellrodricks. Had only met him briefly but admired his advocacy of gay rights and his love for his home state, Goa. He was one of a kind! Rest in peace. Condolences to family ! ??
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) February 12, 2020
Union Minister Smriti Irani tweeted: ” Shocked to hear about the untimely demise of Wendell Rodricks, one of India’s most renowned designers. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. May his soul rest in peace.”
Shocked to hear about the untimely demise of Wendell Rodricks, one of India’s most renowned designers. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. May his soul rest in peace ?
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) February 12, 2020