Earlier this evening, Tumblr user Swiked posted the following:
And the internet went into a frenzy debating on the color. Some people saw the dress as white and gold, while other saw it as black and blue.
According to a poll held by BuzzFeed:
Celebrities then chimed in.
What color is that dress? I see white & gold. Kanye sees black & blue, who is color blind?
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 27, 2015
I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow. I’m confused and scared. PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 27, 2015
Experts also gave their thoughts. Neuroscientist Bevil Conway told Wired:
“What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis. So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.”
Jay Neitz, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington (who saw the dress as white and gold), told Wired:
“Our visual system is supposed to throw away information about the illuminant and extract information about the actual reflectance.But I’ve studied individual differences in color vision for 30 years, and this is one of the biggest individual differences I’ve ever seen.”
Here’s the image adjusted by Slate to give an idea of what both sides are seeing.
For the record, the dress is actually black and blue. Sploid used Photoshop to fix the exposure. Here’s the true color.
Apparently, the dress is also available on Amazon.