Here is a true story that does not end, but starts, with a wedding
– where the mother of the bride is wearing a lovely dress, with lace details.
The mother of the bride’s dress is lovely, the members of the wedding band agree, they all love the dress, but they can’t quite agree on its colour. The singer posts a picture of #TheDress on Tumblr (first picture below), asking her followers: what colour is that dress?
In next to no time, the question creates a social media tsunami. Roaming around the globe, the picture is commented, forwarded, pinned, liked and regrammed, the answers reflecting the original debate within the band: the dress appears to be ‘white and gold’ to some, but ‘blue and black’ to others!
In reality, the dress is blue and black (last picture below), so how come over 70% of us see it white and gold on the picture?
Wired magazine says it’s a colour perception thing as it depends how your brain is, well, wired.
Investigating further, The New York Times reports it might be a blue colour perception thing, also revealing the big winner of the story: Romans Original, the brand behind the dress, very grateful for the free PR.
Meanwhile, at Anything Blue, we find #TheDress a bit too sexy for a Mother-in-law, but well, as long as she does not wear white…
‘Light enters the eye through the lens — different wavelengths corresponding to different colors. The light hits the retina in the back of the eye where pigments fire up neural connections to the visual cortex, the part of the brain that processes those signals into an image. Critically, though, that first burst of light is made of whatever wavelengths are illuminating the world, reflecting off whatever you’re looking at. Without you having to worry about it, your brain figures out what color light is bouncing off the thing your eyes are looking at, and essentially subtracts that color from the ‘real’ color of the object.
‘Our visual system is supposed to throw away information about the illuminant and extract information about the actual reflectance,’ says Jay Neitz, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington.
‘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. (Neitz sees white-and-gold.)’
Source + more scientific explanations on ‘The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress’ by Adam Rogers, in Wired, Science, 02.26.15
‘At its center was a simple yet bedeviling mystery with an almost old-fashioned, trompe l’oeil quality: How could different people see the same article of clothing so differently? The simplicity of the debate, the fact that it was about something as universal as the color of a dress, made it all the more irresistible.
Duje Tadin, associate professor for brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, says it may be because of variations in the number of photoreceptors called cones in the retina that perceive the color blue. The human eye has about six million cones that are sensitive to green, red or blue. Signals from the cones go to the brain, which interprets them as color
‘It’s puzzling,’ conceded Dr. Tadin. ‘When it comes to color, blue is always the weird one. We have the fewest number of blue cones.’
He added, ‘If you don’t have very many blue cones, you may see it as white, or if you have plenty of blue cones, you may see more blue.‘
Source + everything about #TheDress in ‘The White and Gold (No, Blue and Black!) Dress That Melted the Internet’ by Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times, February 27, 2015
A word from the brand (Romans Original)
‘Royal-Blue #TheDress Lace Bodycon Dress. This amazing lace dress will be your new favourite! Cut to flatter this dress is bang on trend with it’s beautiful lace detail. Wear with your favourite heels and a clutch. Fabric: 68% Viscose 27% Polyamide 5% Elastane. Care: Dry Clean Only. Sleeve Length: Knee Length Dresses. Size: UK 10 to 20‘
A perfect gift for a #Bride #Mother #Mother-in-Law