Is this dress white and gold or black and blue? That is the big question the internet has been talking about. This dress image was first posted on Tumblr by Caitlin McNeill, a 21-year-old aspiring singer from Scotland, and it quickly became an internet sensation, with even celebrities replying with their thoughts. Put simply, it’s just an optical illusion. Some objects reflect light at certain wavelengths, or colors, and the human brain determines the color of an object by taking in its reflected light. Continue reading for a video analysis and more information.
“But this perception can be thrown off balance by the color of nearby objects. As Wired.com points out, a digital analysis of the dress photo shows that one of the spots of black trim is actually orange in the photo. Thus, people who perceive the surrounding area as dark are likely to see the blue in the dress as white and the black colors as gold. It all just depends on the manner that the brain perceives and processes color,” reports The Daily Mail.