With their overly flamboyant evening dresses, the clothing lines of former model and fashion designer Eletra Casadei marked the excess of the 1980s. Some of the clothes even appeared on two of the decade's most popular TV shows, The Golden Girls and Dynasty. In the '90s, however, Casadei--along with others in the industry--took a different tack. She began re-creating dresses worn by celebrities at awards shows and selling them at marked-down prices, starting a furor in the high-end fashion world over copyright law. Still, her work continued to gain a following for its affordability and style. She was 55.


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