Indian fashion designer Wendell Rodricks, who one of the most celebrated fashion designers of the modern era, passed away aged 59 at his residence in Goa. The star designer was credited for introducing India with its own version of ‘resort wear‘.
Besides contributing his aesthetic thoughts to the fashion industry, Wendell was also an author, environmentalist and gay rights activist. The Padma Shri winning designer was also the first to plan India’s first-ever Lakme Fashion Week.
Besides anything else, he is also celebrated for reviving Goan Kunbi Sari and presenting the same at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.
Goa Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane, was among the first ones who broke the news to the world.
“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 & dear ones,” he posted.
Other celebs and renowned personalities spoon joined to condole the death of the veteran.
The designer showcased his first collection back in the 1990s, which was when he came to be known as the ‘Guru of Minimalism’.