Fashion designer and Padma Shri Award winner Wendell Rodricks passed away on 12 February in Goa at the age of 59. A pioneer in the fashion industry, Wendell was an environmental and queer rights activist. Known for his ground-breaking ideas in the fashion world, he was always keen on promoting indigenous craft and talent Rodricks has also lent his support to local education, cultural associations, the Red Cross and the Alliance Francaise in Goa.
Rodricks began his career designing for by working for Garden Vareli, Lakmé Cosmetics and DeBeers and earned the title ‘Guru of Minimalism’ soon after the release of his first work from Goa. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2014 and was a recipient of Chevalier de I’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the order of arts and letters) in 2015.
He was the master mind behind the Moda Goa Museum and Research Centre – a museum dedicated to Goan costumes, the first of its kind in the world.