The Indian Fashion Industry is deeply saddened with the demise of the veteran fashion designer Wendell Rodrick. The designer passes away at the age of 59, in Goa, his hometown on 12 February 2020.
The designer represented the Indian fashion industry on a global platform by becoming the first Indian designer to be invited to IGEDO (the world's largest garment fair) in 1995 and also to open the Dubai Fashion Week in 2001. He was best appreciated for bringing forth the concept of resort wear to the limelight and for advocating eco-friendly fashion.
Honored with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by the government of India, the designer was also known for his work in environmental issues and raising his voice for gay rights.
Wendell was born into a Goan Catholic family and spent his further schooling years in the fashion capital, Mumbai. He was a people's person and thus opted for a graduate Diploma Course in Catering during his early years. Later, his passion for designing took him to study fashion in Los Angeles and Paris.
The Fashion Design Council of India put a tweet mourning Wendell Rodricks' untimely death. "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," the tweet read.
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane also remembered Wendell Rodricks with this tweet: "Deeply saddened to hear about the sudden demise of my very good friend and designer, Wendell Rodricks. His excellency in his work and skills are irreplaceable and shall always be cherished. We will truly miss him. My heartfelt condolences to his family and dear ones."
Rodrick was also closely connected to the film fraternity, he made cameo appearances in movies like 'Boom' and 'Fashion' and television play 'True West', celebrities including Malaika Arora, Waluscha De Sousa, Arjun Rampal, Richa Chadha, and Anushka Sharma tweeted about the sudden death of the designer.
Rodrick also contributed to journals of travel, art, and wrote about food, specifically about Goan cuisine. He released his autobiography in 2012 titled 'The Green Room'. It is the fashion industry and nation's loss that the designer is gone too soon.
I knock fashion pays homage to the incredible designer, appreciating his life works in the field of fashion.