Maddy Bill shared a TikTok video of her grandmother's honeymoon clothes from 1952.
Bill tried on Marie D'Allesandro Donato's outfits and told Insider everything fit perfectly.
D'Allesandro Donato said she saved the suitcase so it could be passed on to future generations.
When Marie D'Allesandro Donato went on her honeymoon to New York in 1952, she packed everything she needed in one green suitcase.
Marie D'Allesandro Donato and Anthony James Donato met shortly after he got back from World War II. She told Insider that she played hard to get for a whole year, and it wasn't until her older sister told her to give Donato a try that she decided to go on a date with him.
She was 22 years old and he was 27 when they got married in 1952 at the Saint Cosmos Church in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
After their wedding, the couple took a train from Philadelphia to New York City for their honeymoon. D'Allesandro Donato packed some of her favorite clothes for their stay at The New Yorker in Manhattan.
After the honeymoon, D'Allesandro Donato had the clothing cleaned and then packed up in the same green suitcase, where it would stay as it got passed down to her family members.
The 91-year-old grandmother told Insider that she decided to create a fashion capsule of what she wore because it was one of her favorite memories and she wanted to preserve that.
"The excitement of the future ahead was what my honeymoon meant to me," she said. "I guess, in a way, I wanted to save that feeling in the suitcase for my daughters and their daughters."
Almost 70 years later, D'Allesandro Donato's granddaughter, Maddy Bill, inherited the suitcase from her mom.
In March, Bill shared a TikTok video of herself trying on the clothes inside her grandmother's suitcase.
Bill told Insider the suitcase had been left unopened since her grandmother's honeymoon. When Bill inherited the fashion capsule from her mom, she said it was given to her with the intention that she would wear the clothes during special moments in her life. She told Insider that her mom never opened it because she wanted to save it for her future daughter instead.
"When my mom and I opened it up, it was like all the photographs I saw of my grandma growing up came to life," Bill said. "It was remarkable because I felt like we were bringing the past to life."
"Everything is honestly in pretty amazing condition," Bill added.
The first outfit Bill tried on was a black dress her grandmother wore out to dinner during the honeymoon.
When Bill tried on her grandmother's black dress, she said she was taken aback.
"I always remember seeing the photograph of my grandmother in the dress growing up, but I never saw the physical dress," she said. "I can't even describe the feeling of putting it on for the first time and having it fit perfectly."
Bill said the dress is her favorite piece. D'Allesandro Donato added that she felt like she was back on her honeymoon when she saw her granddaughter in it.
D'Allesandro Donato wore a striped outfit on the train from Pennslyvania to New York. She told Insider the look was her favorite.
D'Allesandro Donato said that when she saw Bill in the striped dress, it brought back memories of her on the train ride to her honeymoon.
"I wish I was young again and could do it all over," she said. "Seeing the dress fit her as perfectly as it fit me was like jumping back in time."
D'Allesandro Donato said it rained during her entire honeymoon, but that didn't bother her because she was so happy.
"It didn't bother me because I was so happy to be where I was in my life and for the future that was ahead with my honey," she said.
Bill said she grew up seeing her grandmother's impeccable fashion sense.
Bill said her grandmother was always in a cute outfit, stockings, and red lipstick while she was growing up.
"She would always look pristine," she said.
She added that being stylish has always meant a lot to her grandmother because it was a value that D'Allesandro Donato's older sister instilled in her.
"They didn't have a lot of money, but they took a lot of pride in the things they wore," she said.
Bill said seeing her grandmother's reaction to her pictures in the clothes made her so proud.
She said it surprised her to see her grandmother being taken aback by how she looked in her honeymoon clothes because she's usually so composed.
"My grandmother doesn't understand TikTok, but I explained that people all over the world are infatuated with her fashion sense and see her as a fashion icon," she said.
According to Bill, D'Allesandro Donato always brings up the story of how she lost the best-dressed superlative in high school by one vote.
"This video going viral was my way of showing the world how stylish and amazing she is. Even better than winning best dressed at Conshohocken High School," Bill said.
Like her grandmother, Bill plans on keeping the suitcase and passing it down to her future children and grandchildren.
Bill said that for now, she still has the clothes in the suitcase, but she plans on wearing them for special occasions, as her mom and grandmother had intended.
"My grandmother took pride in the way she presented herself, and I think this is a wonderful thing and what I hope to emulate in my life," she said. "I'm glad I got to share my grandmother and her fashion sense with the world and shine a remarkable light on a woman that truly deserves it."
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