We never knew a dress could cause an international meltdown, but the world took to Twitter to debate the true colour of a now-famous number last week. Some revellers saw a black-and-blue dress before them, while others were certain the lace-trimmed frock was white and gold – and the photo went viral in the process.
The two-toned number – now known as “The Dress” – was in fact blue and black, featuring a royal blue body and black lace embroidery.
Those who were seeing the infamous piece in different colours will be relieved to know that Roman Originals, the womenswear brand behind the commotion, have just announced that they have made an actual white and gold dress.
— Roman Originals (@romanoriginals) March 4, 2015
The family-run business have only created one piece though, and will put it up for auction to raise as much money as possible for Comic Relief. The bidding war on eBay will begin on Thursday and last until Sunday.
The picture of the dress was initially posted on Tumblr by 21-year-old Caitlin McNeill, who wrote: “What happened was two of my close friends were actually getting married and the mother of the bride took a photo of the dress to send to her daughter. When my friend showed the dress to her fiancée, they disagreed on the colour.”
Caitlin’s post was shared on Tumblr before going viral and becoming a trending topic on Twitter, leading many stars to share their views on what colour the dress is.
— Roman Originals (@romanoriginals) February 27, 2015
Meanwhile Taylor Swift joked that she was “confused and scared”, telling fans: “I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow. I’m confused and scared. PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK”.
Scientists explain that the reason why some people see white and gold instead of blue and black is because the picture is an optical illusion. The brain determines the colour of an object by filtering out backgrounds and lighting – so colour is perceived in relation to the items surrounding it.
In the case of “the dress”, the background colours are so mixed up that it confuses the brain about the colour of the dress itself.