Wendell Rodricks is an Indian fashion designer based in the western Indian region of Goa. He has been listed among one of India’s top ten designers. He is also an activist for social causes, the environment, and gay rights, being himself a homosexual. In 2014, Government of India conferred upon him its fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri.
Rodricks was born into a Goan catholic family. He grew up in Mumbai and attended St. Michael’s High School in Mahim. After completing school, he took a graduate diploma in catering. However, he did not pursue that profession but moved to fashion designing.
Rodricks was the first India designer to be invited to IGEDO (the world’s largest garment fair); and the first Indian designer to open the Dubai Fashion Week.
Wendell Rodricks is openly gay in a country where same-sex fornication is prohibited by law. He is married to Jerome Marrel in a civil ceremony in Paris. He met Marrel in Oman, in 1988, thanks to a friend, who set them up. Rodricks credits Marrel for his success as a fashion designer, in his biography, The Green Room.
Rodricks has written a column in the Goa-based monthly Goa Today, where he has often raised issues of social concerns and the environment. Outlook magazine commented that Wendell Rodricks Turns Into Environmental Activist. He has also spoken out against the IRFW (India Resort Fashion Week) as it “damages the environment”.
- Padma Shri in 2014