The 59-year-old, Fashion designer who was known to bring resort wear into the limelight, Wendell Rodricks passed away on Wednesday at his home in Goa.
Rodricks was known to give the fashion Industry the originality in western wears meanwhile advocating for eco-friendly fashion. He was honoured with Padma Shri in 2014 and had been a vocal activist of LGBTQ+ community.
The man was recently working on the opening of India’s first Costume Museum in a 450-year-old traditional Goan Villa in Colvale under the name ‘Moda Goa Museum’, about which he had also posted on his official social media handle.
As soon as the news about his sudden demise broke, film fraternity shared their condolences to the family and also took to their social media handle posting about their cherished memories while working along with Wendell.
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Woke up in NZ to the sad news of Wendell Rodricks having passed away in his sleep . He was one of the most iconic & original designers in fashion & A champion for LGBT rights . He had given me an opportunity to close his fashion week show in Mumbai after spotting me in Bangalore at a fashion show and was gracious, kind & encouraging. He was one of the reasons I had the courage to move to Mumbai from Bangalore to pursue modelling when I was just 18 years old . RIP Wendell 💜 My love and prayers for Jerome and the rest of his family and friends 🙏
Apart from Bollywood celebrities, Chief Minister of Goa Dr Pramod Sawant also mourned over the sad news. On his official twitter account, CM wrote, “Deeply shocked & saddened by the sudden demise of world renowned fashion designer & a niz Goenkar Padma Shri Wendell Rodricks. His exemplary work has left an indelible mark in the world of fashion.”
Deeply shocked & saddened by the sudden demise of world renowned fashion designer & a niz Goenkar Padma Shri Wendell Rodricks. His exemplary work has left an indelible mark in the world of fashion.
— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) February 12, 2020
Union Textile and Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani also expressed her grief over the untimely demise of such a great designer and prayed for the family.
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
May he Rest in Peace.