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What Rodricks leaves behind: analysis

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In an era of Section 377, a colonial era law that criminalized consensual relationships between adults of the same sex until it was read in 2018, few dared to live and love as openly as Wendell Rodricks and his partner, Jerome, did. Marrel The duo began to stay together in the 1990s, in Goa. They signed the Pacte Civile de Solidarite, a French civil solidarity pact that offers legal status to same-sex couples, in 2002. The 1990s and the first decade of the new millennium were violent years for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people ( LGBT) communities Brutality at the hands of the police because of the law, and by biological families because of social opprobrium and lack of understanding was rigorous, forcing LGBT people to lead dual lives and hide their sexuality. But thanks to Rodricks and his partner, a whole generation of fags could grow with a template that not only normalized their wishes, but also offered the hope of a similar love partnership.

Rodricks also pioneered his work. He often attributed his success as a fashion designer to his partner, but his own passion for sustainability and style was unmistakable. Rodricks challenged the limits even in fashion, breathing haute couture in everyday life. He created a line of resort clothes; He even designed the navy blue and white Goa Police uniform in the late 1990s, as well as elegant jackets for the Compliance Department. A few years ago, a project began to revive the Kunbi, a sari worn by tribal women in Goa before the Portuguese arrived. But this was not a mere nostalgic traditionalism. Rodricks infused the sari with his own sensibility of contemporary design, and found great favor among collectors.

His was a language that emerged from the state of Goa where he made his home in the early 1990s. His passion project, Moda Goa, which will open this year, was a museum of design and haute couture with more than a hat tip for Goa’s inheritance. The museum already has hundreds of artifacts, some dating from the seventh century, that document Goa’s costumes, design and lifestyle throughout the generations. It is housed in a heritage structure, built in the 16th century and added between the 18th and 19th centuries. Rodricks understood that history was a meeting point for those willing to observe and learn, and could not wait to open a world-class fashion museum in the small town of Goa where he and Jerome lived. In fact, his is a legacy he will live.

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