Designer Wendell Rodricks, who was one of the most celebrated sartorialists in India, has passed away at the age of 59 in Goa. Besides being an A-list designer, he 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 conferred upon him. The ace designer’s family confirmed that heart attack was the reason for his demise.
His first collection was showcased back in the 1990s, which earned him the title – Guru of Minimalism. Later on, he pioneered the concept of resort-wear and eco-friendly garments in Indian fashion. After over two decades in the fashion industry, Rodricks said goodbye to the runway and handed over his label to his prodigy Schulen Fernandes in 2016.
Wendell 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 in 2017.