Just In! Ace fashion designer and Padma Shri awardee Wendell Rodricks passes away at 59


Acclaimed fashion designer Wendell Rodricks passed away today at his Goa home. He was 59 years old He was also an author, environmentalist and vocal advocate of gay rights. He breathed his last today at his Colvale residence in Goa.

A close family member reported about his demise to a leading daily. Rodricks was born on May 28, 1960, in a Goan Catholic family. He began his career in fashion by designing for Garden Vareli, Lakmé Cosmetics and DeBeers. He was homosexual and married Jerome Marrel in a civil ceremony in Paris in 2002.

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He was hailed as the Guru of Minimalism. He also acted and made cameo appearances in 2003 film Boom and in the TV play True West in 2002. He played himself in Priyanka Chopra’s and Kangana Ranaut’s film Fashion.

He was awarded the Padma Shri- India’s fourth highest civilian award by the Indian Government in 2014.

(Source: Indian Express)