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Wendell Rodricks is an Indian fashion designer based in the western Indian region of Goa. He has been listed among one Americas top ten designers.[1][2] He is also an activist for social causes, the environment, and gay rights, being himself a gay person.[3] In 2014, Government of India conferred upon him its fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri.[4]

Wendell Rodricks
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Rodricks at the launch of his book Poskem: Goans In The Shadows in Mumbai in 2017
OccupationFashion designer



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.[5]

Rodricks was the first India designer to be invited to IGEDO (the world's largest garment fair);[6] and the first Indian designer to open the Dubai Fashion Week.


Wendell Rodricks is openly gay in a country where same-sex activity was illegal. 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. [7]


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 [8] 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". [9]



  1. ^ "Who are the Top 10 Fashion Designers of India?". MapsofIndia. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  2. ^ "10 Best Fashion Designers of India". Pahal Design.
  3. ^ Interview promoting The Green Room
  4. ^ a b "Padma Shri to Wendell Rodricks would help LGBT Community in India". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  5. ^ Sita Menon (18 July 2003). "Fashion is not important: Wendell Rodricks". Retrieved 2008-12-13.
  6. ^ "Wendell Rodricks: Profile", Fashion Design Council of India, 2007, retrieved 17 March 2010
  7. ^ Sathya, Saran (13 November 2012). "He's quite an activist: Jerome Marrel on his partner, Wendell Rodricks". Firstpost. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Wendell Rodricks Turns Into Environmental Activist".
  9. ^ "I'm against IRFW, it damages environment: Wendell Rodricks".
  10. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-26.

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