This dress has caused massive controversy. I could argue that the issue of the colour of the dress is was probably bigger than anything that was happening at the time. Relationships and friendships were ended because of this dress. 75% of the people seeing the dress see white and gold. The rest see blue and black. I tried to find out why this was the case and I didn't find a lot of useful articles on the internet. So I found out and here it is.
Let's take a step back
The reason why people see the colours differently (besides the horrible camera) is because our eyes adjust to the background and the lighting on the picture. This is better explained with an example.
Take a look at this cube:
The shades of grey in this cube (wait for it) are actually the same shade of grey. Your eyes are seeing the colours differently because of the blue and brown background and the lighting on the cube. Don't believe me? Take a ruler and place it on the line on the cube.
One more example.
Take a look at this checker board
You won't believe it but A and B are the same colour. As I mentioned your eyes are seeing the colours differently because of the background and the lighting on the "Checkered" board (the shadow created by the cylinder).
Let me prove that these colours are the same.
Back to the dress
A similar thing happens when you look at the dress. Your eyes see white and gold because of the lighting in the top corner, the temperature of the room and the background (and the horrible camera :-)).
In actual fact the dress is blue and black
This youtube video explains further.
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