Mumbai-born WENDELL RODRICKS
studied Fashion Designing in the USA
and France. His first collection from Goa
earned him the title âGuru of Minimalismâ
and his next collection pioneered the
concept of âResort Wearâ and âEco-
He was the first Indian designer to be invited to
present his unique garments, inspired by Goa and India,
at the Worldâs largest garment fair, IGEDO, in Germany
(1995), Dubai Fashion Week (2001), Malaysia Fashion
Week (2002), the Paris PreÌt-aÌ-Porter Salon (2007) and the
BioFach in Nuremberg, Germany (2012).
In2007,the Confederation of Indian Industries invited
him to present two fashion shows in Bryant Park, New
York to celebrate the 60th year of Indiaâs Independence.
Wendell has also presented his designs at the Festival
of India (1993) in Beijing and Shanghai in China, and in
Instrumental in planning the first ever LakmeÌ India
Fashion Week (LFW) in 2000, Wendell guided it in an
advisory capacity during its formative years.
In 2012, Wendell turned author with Moda Goa: History
and Style, and his memoirs, The Green Room.
In 2014, Wendell was awarded Indiaâs fourth highest
civilian honour, the Padma Shri for Art (Fashion Design),
honoured by the All India Konkani Parishad, and conferred
the distinction of Chevalier de lâOrdre National des Arts et
Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) by the
Ministry of Culture and Communication, France.