#thedress has the internet going crazy. A tumblr user first posted the picture of the dress, asking fellow tumblr’s for help "guys please help me - is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can't agree and we are freaking the f--k out."
When i first saw the picture of this now famous dress, I thought “It’s white and gold, what’s everyone freaking out about?” After looking more into it I was simply losing my mind, what color really was this dress? Do I see all the colors wrong?! Supposedly this dress is truly blue and black and there’s a scientific reason behind it.
"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." (businessinsider.com)
After reading the scientific reasoning behind why I’m seeing this dress as white and gold still leaves me wondering if i see any colors right at all! People are also saying that if you lower your phone’s brightness and then bring it back up to its highest setting, you will see the color of the dress changing right before your eyes. So what do you see? #thedress #whiteandgold #blueandblack
The dress is for sale in four different colors, none of which are white and gold, although talks of adding white and gold dress to the mix is being talked about.