The well-known designer Wendell Rodricks who owned his own fashion brand dies in Colava Residency, Goa at the age of 59. The designer has crowned many achievements with the launching of his fashion brand in 1989. However, he took retirement from his own fashion brand in 2016.
He was currently working on the Moda Goa Museum.
The designer has worked with many Bollywood celebrities and they all shared their fondest memories working with him.
Bollywood Celebrities Posted Their Memories With Wendell Rodricks
Gutted to hear about the untimely demise of @Wendellrodricks. Had only met him briefly but admired his advocacy of gay rights and his love for his home state, Goa. He was one of a kind! Rest in peace. Condolences to family ! 🙏🏽
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) February 12, 2020
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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
Shocked and heartbroken. Much too young to go like this. Just can’t believe it. #WendellRodricks
— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) February 12, 2020
Wendell , I may have not know you well enough but all I know is that every time I saw you , you would always be smiling and your smile would light up the entire room… wherever you are may the angels always be with you ❤️ #gonetoosoon #RIPWendellRodricks pic.twitter.com/1gHzOnjyxC
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) February 12, 2020
Union Minister expressed her grief on the shocking news of Wendell’s death and tweeted:
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
FDCI (The Fashion Design Council Of India) also mourned on the death of one of the finest designer.
FDCI is deeply disheartened with the sudden and untimely demise of one of the country’s iconic designer, Wendell Rodricks.
The fashion fraternity lost a legend today.
Wendell, we will miss you. pic.twitter.com/AFFUVu9UcD
— FDCI (@fdciofficial) February 12, 2020
Rodricks took retirement from his fashion label in 2016 and handed over to Schulen Fernandes, his long time business associate.
Wendell was known to bring the fashion of eco-friendly fashion. The designer was currently concentrating on setting up the Moda Goa Museum which collected the old Goa artifacts and fashion.
He was so dedicated towards the set up of the museum that he along with his wife, Jerome Marrel Shifted to a smaller house in order to convert their original home into Moda Goa Museum.
Wendell was also well known for his strong voice as an activist. He spoke strong opinions on gay rights. He was also honored with Padma Shri in 2014 and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2015.