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The Dress That Divided The Internet

The internet just went crazy when someone uploaded a photo of a dress. This dress was confusing because to some it appears blue and black, while to others, it is clearly white and gold. Daughters quarreled with their mothers, fathers with their sons and husbands with their wives. One photo almost divaded people on the internet and in the real life. Even celebrities like Taylor Swift took a part in the debate. Check out this blue and black or gold and white dress dilemma below.

The dress dilemma started with this photo posted on Tumblr.

the dress

The woman who took that photo had trouble recognizing the colors of the dress, so she asked for help people on the internet.


And people on Twitter completely freaked out whether this dress is blue and black or white and gold.

Even celebrities took part in the debate

According to one poll on BuzzFeed, 75% see white and gold.

buzzfeed poll

Finally, Hope Taylor and Adobe solved the mistery.

At this point it appears to be just how your eyes adjust to the mix of colors. If your eyes are more sensitive to blue and black, that’s what you see; if they are more sensitive to the lighter colors, that is what you see.

An explanation by Andy Rexford

Here’s what the text in that embedded tweet says:

“Your eyes have retinas, the things that let you interpret color. There’s rods, round things, and cones that stick out, which is what gives your eye a textured appearance in the colored part. The “cones” see color. The “rods” see shade, like black, white and grey. Cones only work when enough light passes through. So while I see the fabric as white, someone else may see it as blue because my cones aren’t responding to the dim lighting. My rods see it as a shade (white).

There’s three cones: small, medium and large. They are blue sensitive, green sensitive, and red sensitive.

As for the black bit (which I see as gold), it’s called additive mixing. Blue, green and red are the main colors for additive mixing. This is where it gets really tricky. Subtractive mixing, such as with paint, means the more colors you add the murkier it gets until its black. ADDITIVE mixing, when you add the three colors the eyes see best, red, green and blue, (not to be confused with primary colors red, blue and yellow) it makes pure white.

—Blue and Black: In conclusion, your retina’s cones are more high functioning, and this results in your eyes doing subtractive mixing.

—White and Gold: our eyes don’t work well in dim light so our retinas rods see white, and this makes them less light sensitive, causing additive mixing, (that of green and red), to make gold.”

For the record, for those who see the actual black and blue colors, here’s how it looks for people who see it in gold and white:

gold and white dress

And here’s how this dress really looks like in proper lighting.

the dress online store

Here’s the photo of the woman who took the original photo on a wedding she attended wearing this dress. Now it’s blue and black, isn’t?

the dress wedding

And here’s the viral photo once again:

the dress

What colors do you see? Let us know in the comment section below.

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to me it’s not black and blue or white and gold. Its mixture of white+little blue+gray and dust like color or brownish sand hehehe


For me it’s black and blue, but my sister sees white and gold. Mindblowing.


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