A 27-year-old woman who discovered a suitcase filled with outfits her grandmother wore during her honeymoon in 1952 has earned viral fame by trying on and showcasing the vintage looks 70 years after they were last modeled.
Marie D’Allesandro Donato and Anthony James Donato tied the knot in the ’50s, and after saying their ‘I dos,’ the couple packed their bags and headed to New York City for their honeymoon.
After the trip was over, Marie washed the clothes that she wore on the vacation and put them back into her suitcase, where they have sat untouched ever since.
Now, seven decades later – Marie’s 27-year-old granddaughter, Maddy Bill decided to pull them out and try each and every piece of clothing on.
She captured herself in the outfits and shared the results to TikTok, alongside pictures of her grandma, who is now 91, in them all those years ago – and it quickly went viral.
‘My grandmother kept all her honeymoon clothes in this suitcase to this day. Opening it up 70 years later,’ she wrote in the clip, which has been viewed more than six million times.
Marie and Anthony met shortly after he returned from World War II, according to Insider.
The 91-year-old told the outlet that she played hard to get until her sister finally forced her to give Anthony a chance.
The pair wed at the Saint Cosmos Church in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, when she was 22 and he was 27.
They then headed to the Big Apple via train, where they stayed at The New Yorker hotel on the corner of 8th avenue and 34th street in Manhattan.
After the romantic getaway came to an end, Marie explained that she decided to preserve her clothes in the suitcase because it was one of her favorite memories – and she wanted to pass down the ‘excitement’ that she felt about her ‘future’ with Anthony.
‘The excitement of the future ahead was what my honeymoon meant to me. I guess, in a way, I wanted to save that feeling in the suitcase for my daughters and their daughters,’ she said.
However, the suitcase remained unopened until Maddy got her hands on it earlier this year.