Goa: Celebrated fashion designer and activist Wendell Rodricks passed away on Wednesday at his Goa home. He was 59 years old.
Rodricks, known for his minimalism in his fashion, was born in 1960. He was a vocal activist of gay rights and environmental issues.
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. In the fashion world, Wendell Rodricks is best known for bringing forth the concept of resort wear to the limelight and for advocating eco-friendly fashion.
Goa state minister Vishwajit Rane wrote on Twitter:
Deeply saddened to hear about the sudden demise of my very good friend and designer, Wendell Rodricks. His excellency in his work & skills are irreplaceable & shall always be cherished.
We will truly miss him. My heartfelt condolences to his family & dear ones. pic.twitter.com/CzRnQJjbxf
— VishwajitRane (@visrane) February 12, 2020
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
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
Absolutely shocked and heartbroken to hear about my friend @Wendellrodricks sudden demise . Sad that this happens when he was about to open his dream project …. the museum of costumes in Goa . Loving and warm .. will always cherish the week I spend with him this nov in Goa . pic.twitter.com/vZgyqiIOyJ
— Onir (@IamOnir) February 12, 2020
Fondest memories of Wendell Rodricks were shared by the several celebs, including Malaika Arora and Waluscha De Sousa, who closely worked with the designer.
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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