Do you see a blue and black or white and gold dress in the image above?
No matter what your answer is, a hefty portion of the Internet disagrees with you.
#TheDress is blowing up on Twitter right now.
It all started with a post to a tumblr blog and a similar disagreement between a couple. After that, everyone on social media is on the verge of losing their minds over the debate.
Is the dress prettier when you see it as white and gold? I don't understand what's happening
— Maureen O'Connor (@maureenoco) February 27, 2015
The dress is white and gold an I feel physically ill.
— Tom Ley (@ToLey88) February 27, 2015
— Krister Johnson (@KristerJohnson) February 27, 2015
— JAKE FORSYTH (@jakeforsyth17) February 27, 2015
Some people are even seeing it change back and forth between the two.
holy god the dress just changed colors on me
— ?_? (@MikeIsaac) February 27, 2015
In several polls that I have seen, the “white and gold” camp gets about 75% of the votes.
— patrick (@patmuldowney) February 27, 2015
Slate even has a freaking live blog covering the topic.
People are even trying to get the President involved…
— Reggie Aqui (@reggieaqui) February 27, 2015
Peoples’ eyes are deceiving them.
Personally, I see blue and black. I also see somewhat of a yellow color cast on the image due to what appears to be tungsten lighting in the store where this was shot.
I color corrected the image using the black and white dress in the background to define the white point and black point for #TheDress. Here is the result:
By correcting for the color cast, we get a true image of what the actual dress should look like in person.
Mashable found what appears to be the actual dress for sale and an official product image.
— Mashable (@mashable) February 27, 2015
So we know that we are seeing a blue and black dress with a yellow color cast due to the lighting at the scene. But why are some people interpreting this as a white and gold dress?
Here’s what Andy Rexford gave as an explanation.
An explanation why you see this dress as blue and black or white and gold. pic.twitter.com/ayXpqavC9B
— Andy Rexford (@andyrexford) February 27, 2015
Here’s another color illusion to put your brain through.
— system.outprintln(); (@CaptainPandaz) February 27, 2015
So which colors do you see in the original image of The Dress?