Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks passes away

Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks passes away”

As news of his shocking demise surfaced on the internet, several fans and Bollywood celebrities took to social media to mourn the loss. "My heartfelt condolences to his family and dear ones".

Rodricks, one of the most popular fashion designers from Goa, was awarded a Padma Shri in 2014 and was also accorded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts Et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2015.

Arjun Rampal's message adds that the designer's smile always made him smile and that he will be dearly missed. "I first sat n cried, n then I sat alone n smiled n laughed, jus thinking of all the attractive lovely memories n moments we shared".

Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani condoled the death of Rodricks on Twitter and wrote, "Shocked to hear about the untimely demise of Wendell Rodricks, one of India's most renowned designers". Tweeting about it the organisation said, "FDCI is deeply disheartened with the sudden and untimely demise of one of the country's iconic designer, Wendell Rodricks's". May his soul rest in peace.

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Not just a designer, Rodricks was also known for his work in environmental issues and was an active voice for gay rights. "My heartfelt condolences to his family & dear ones". The funeral will be held at his ancestral village of Colvale on Thursday.

He earned the title of Guru of Minimalism in the 1990s when he showcased his first collection after which he founded the concept of "resort wear" and "eco-friendly" garments in Indian fashion.

According to a report by news agency PTI, he was also passionate about setting up Moda Goa Museum, which is dedicated to the history of Goan costumes.

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