"It's one of a kind, it's a dress you wouldn't be able to find now and you wouldn't be able to replicate." The dress was bought by her grandfather, who died last year. She said the dress would act as a way of commemorating him at her wedding to fiance Andrew Stewart. Image copyright Emily Clark Image caption Emily and Andrew are due to get married in October The dress is currently being altered, and when she heard that Mrs Newall's had gone missing at the dry cleaners she says she "did panic". She added: "I just think it's wonderful that they've had it returned." 'Close relationship' For Rachel Cohen, from Edinburgh, the discovery of her grandmother's dress in the loft spurred on the idea to go retro. "I knew there were dresses up there amongst a lot of random stuff," she said. "I even found one dress which much have been from a previous generation, but it just couldn't have been worn." However, the one Granny Marie Waterston wore in the 1930s was in superb condition and perfect for Rachel's special day. Image copyright Derek Christie Photography Image caption Marie Waterston in the 1930s (L) and Rachel Cohen in 2009 (R) "I had never been the type of person to dream of a big white dress, so when I found it, packed away all neat and tidy in a box, I had the idea to wear it," she said. "I had to cut the sleeves off as she had such tiny hands, but otherwise it was the same." Having her grandmother's dress meant a lot to Rachel when she married in 2009. "My mother died when I was young and I looked after my grandmother when she was old, so we had a close relationship," said Rachel. "It was special to have her dress there, even when she couldn't be." 'Piece of history' While those three brides opted for the personal touch with their dresses, they join growing numbers of people choosing vintage items more generally. Louise Croft, ethical fashion blogger at PaupertoPrincess.com - who will be wearing a 1940s gown for her wedding later this year - said going vintage had many benefits, from following fashion cycles to stopping garments ending up in landfills.
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