The debate has been settled: the dress is in fact blue and black. Roman Originals, the store that sells the dress, confirmed this fact on its Twitter account Friday morning.
— Roman Originals (@romanoriginals) February 27, 2015
The debate was sparked Thursday night after a photo of the dress went viral on social media. The original picture was posted on Tumblr on Wednesday, by 21-year-old Caitlin McNeill. Its caption read, “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.”
But it wasn’t until Thursday when Buzzfeed asked readers for their opinions. Immediately, the world was divided into two sides: those who said it was white and gold and those who said it was blue and black.
#TheDress was trending worldwide on Twitter, causing countless arguments and a lot of confusion. Ryerson reacted:
— Jacqueline Foott (@JacFoott) February 27, 2015
I don’t know how it happened but all morning all I saw was gold and white (even when they confirmed it), but now I see blue and black… — Jemicah C. Marasigan (@JemicahColleen) February 27, 2015
— Jake Scott (@JakeScottIII) February 27, 2015
It’s gold and white. The internet is going to close in on itself.
— Josh Beneteau (@jbenny15) February 27, 2015
— Cyclepods Ltd (@Cyclepods) February 27, 2015
A Buzzfeed quiz revealed that 74 per cent of people thought the dress was white and gold, so why is our vision playing this cruel trick on us?
The Telegraph outlined theories gathered by various professionals stating it could have something to do with age, lighting, background colour, different wavelengths corresponding to different colours or top-down processing.
But whether you’re team blue and black or team white and gold, @RUstudentlife said it best:
Well, now that #TheDress debate has been settled, we would like to notify you that our University’s colours still remain blue and gold