A great loss for the fashion industry – Ace designer passes away


Renowned fashion designer and activist Wendell Rodricks left for heavenly abode on Wednesday. The ace designer breathed his last at his own residence in Goa.

The 59 years old fashion designer was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country, back in 2014. He was well known amidst the notable faces of Bollywood due to his “minimalistic fashion” style.

The current union minister of women and child development and handloom and textile, Smriti Irani expressed her condolences on Twitter,

“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.”

Renowned Filmmaker Onir also wrote on Twitter,

“Absolutely shocked and heartbroken to hear about my friend Wendell Rodricks’s 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. He will be cherished not only as a fashion industry icon but as a gentle kind friend.”

The late designer, in an interview with a leading daily in 2018, expressed his dream to create a Goan Costume Museum to leave as a part of his legacy for the coming generations in his home state, Goa. He also paved the way for vocal activism on gay rights and other environmental issues.



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