Wendell Rodricks, a single of India’s most popular manner designers, handed absent in Goa on Wednesday night at home immediately after a prolonged sickness. He was 59. Acknowledged for groundbreaking the strategy of vacation resort don and for advocating eco-helpful manner, Rodricks is credited with reviving the common Goan apparel of the kunbi sari. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2014.

“We need to not compare India and the West. There are points we do that they can by no means do. And vice versa. Every state has its own specialisation,” Rodricks had instructed Fibre2Fashion in an job interview immediately after acquiring the Padma Shri award.

Rodricks commenced his occupation in manner by designing for Garden Vareli. He introduced his own label in 1989 with his to start with exhibit in Mumbai. His work involved a huge vary of manner, from lecturing on environment costume heritage to manner journalism and styling for worldwide advertising campaigns. He was the to start with Indian designer to open the Dubai Vogue Week in 2001 and was invited to current at the Paris Pret a Porter salon in 2007.

He was also a element of the khadi motion, and even promoted it at the world’s major natural and organic truthful, BioFach, at Nuremberg, Germany, in 2011 when he was invited there. In 2015, he was accorded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts Et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. The upcoming calendar year, he introduced his retirement from his label, to concentrate on his life’s dream venture, the Moda Goa Museum and Investigation Centre.

The Museum, which Rodricks had devoted to apparel and manner in Goa by way of the ages, was scheduled to be inaugurated in March this calendar year.

Sharing her condolences on demise of Rodricks, Union textiles minister Smriti Irani wrote on Twitter, “Shocked to hear about the untimely demise of Wendell Rodricks, a single of India’s most renowned designers. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. May perhaps his soul rest in peace.”

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (RKS)

Wendell Rodricks, a single of India’s most popular manner designers, handed absent in Goa on Wednesday night at home immediately after a prolonged sickness. He was 59. Acknowledged for groundbreaking the strategy of vacation resort don and for advocating eco-helpful manner, Rodricks is credited with reviving the common Goan apparel of the kunbi sari. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2014.