Indian Designer Wendell Rodricks Dies at 59

NEW DELHI — Wendell Rodricks, one of India’s best-known designers, died Wednesday at his home in Colvale village in Goa, India. He was 59.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Known for his focus on minimalist design, Rodricks was outspoken and experimental with design. Undeterred by social norms, he also was a gay rights activist, and married Jerome Marrel in a civil ceremony in Paris in 2002. He wrote several books, including his autobiography, “The Green Room,” published in 2012.
“The fashion fraternity lost a legend today,” the Fashion Design Council of India noted in a tweet Wednesday evening, regretting “the sudden and untimely demise of one of the country’s iconic designer, Wendell Rodricks.”
Having won recognition for his creations, Rodricks was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, in 2014, and the Chevalier de I’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the order of arts and letters) in 2015.
The designer showed that minimalism could work in India, a market where bling and heavy embroidery predominates. “I must say it was an uphill battle,” he once told WWD. “After I showed my third season I said that if it doesn’t work I will go back

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