Wendell Rodricks

Wendell Rodricks has put the tiny Indian state of Goa firmly on the fashion map. Establishing his own label in 1990, he moved to his ancestral village in Goa in 1993, creating memorable collections each season, inspired by many emotions: Tibetan Monasteries, Tribal symbols of Shiva and Vishnu, the Harem at Istanbul, Tattoos of the Lambadi tribe among others. Wendell Rodricks has authored two books, Moda Goa: History and Style, on the history of Goan costume, and his memoir, The Green Room.


The Green Room by Wendell Rodricks

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Category: Autobiography
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

Epicurean, travel addict, voracious reader, art appreciator, astonishingly talented designer—Wendell Rodricks is a man who wears many hats. From growing up in a ‘glorified Bombay chawl’ crowded with eccentrics, to building homes in Muscat, Istanbul and the French Riviera from quenching childhood hunger pangs with water, to feasting on the canard au sang at La Tour D’Argent in Paris from falling in love with the man with whom he would sign a civil union, to putting his ancestral land of Goa firmly on the global fashion map from being a novice in the hospitality industry, to exhibiting at Pret-a-Porter Salon de Paris and IGEDO, Dusseldorf from designing clothes for his family, to dressing style icons such as Catherine Deneuve, Meg Ryan, Lisa Ray and Freida Pinto—Wendell’s life has been an extraordinarily rich and exciting one.

Peppered with wry observations and startling insights, The Green Room is not just the story of one man but also of the evolution of the Indian fashion industry over twenty-five years. It is both a deeply personal journey and a window into the enchanting yet fickle world of the rich and the famous, the beautiful and the neurotic, the gossips and the bores.

Candid, irreverent and unfailingly entertaining, this is a memoir of the man who gave India minimalism, resort wear and eco-friendly clothing long before these words became fashionable. It is a sparkling piece of writing that tells the story of a fascinating life lived with unusual courage and flair.

Moda Goa: History and Style by Wendell Rodricks

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Category: Textile Traditions
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

A rich tapestry of history, clothing and passionate prose With stories of people and events that shaped Goa, this stunning collection of photographs and illustrations documents, for the very first time, the unique history of Goan costume. In this, his tribute to Goa, Wendell Rodricks studies the factors that shaped Goa’s distinct garment style. From Buddhist drapes that carried forward the elaborate style of later Hindu costume to the fine brocade coats of the Muslim Tughlaq rulers; from the Portuguese invaders who had to improvise their traditional Renaissance dress to suit the hot Konkan climate to the Western-style dresses of the newly converted Goan Catholics, Goans are what they are today because of the many peoples and cultures that touched their land. It was in Goa that the first ever Indo-Western garments evolved. Different faiths, tribes and foreign cultures coloured the Goan clothing heritage, creating a style that is a unique blend of international aesthetic and Indian emotion. Wendell Rodricks places this history of Goan costume in the spotlight with an archive that has never been researched before. Through illustrations by European travellers, a wealth of photographs by Mark Sequeira and India’s finest fashion photographers, and access to the fine clothing and jewellery of Goans, Wendell Rodricks makes his debut as an author to reveal a rich tapestry of history, clothing and passionate prose, taking the reader to the beauty and backwaters of India’s golden state

Poskem: Goans in the Shadows by Wendell Rodricks

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Category: Fiction
Publisher: Om Books International

Goans are presently experiencing the last generation of Poskim – young children taken in by wealthy families and retained most often as servants. In a narrative that spans Portuguese Goa to post the Liberation of India’s golden state, Poskem takes a reader to locales from Bombay to Lyon, Pune to Paris, and into the world of the Poskim people and Goan recipes. Through happiness and hope, despair and delusion, Rodricks takes the reader on a voyage of an unspoken, unheard of and shamefully silenced world of Goa’s Poskim. Poskem is a tribute to the last generation of a people that would soon be forgotten if not for this book telling their story for posterity.


The author: Wendell Rodricks