The Mystery of the Dress Unveiled!

Zach Tenney, staff writer

If you’ve been on the internet lately, or tuned in to your favorite news program, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard quite a lot about “the dress”. In case you aren’t aware, a picture of a dress recently went viral. Interestingly, there isn’t anything overly unique about this dress; it’s just a normal black and blue dress. Only, many people saw the dress as a different color in the picture-white and gold! This strange visual has been all the rage on the internet recently because no one can agree on what color this dress is!  “I think it’s interesting how people see different colors,” says Ramsay McGowan (12). Additionally, there’s a fun and simple way to experiment with this illusion. “If you pull up the picture on your phone, and then tilt your phone at different angles, you’ll see the picture differently,” says Laura McAllister (12). Try it out! It’s sure to provide minutes, maybe even hours, of fun. But, fun and games aside, this is a mystery that needs to be explained. Is the dress imbued with some kind of magic that causes it to appear differently to people? Sadly, this is not so. The truth, simply put, is that people perceive the image differently because everyone has different vision. The lighting in the picture causes some people to see different colors than others. Therefore, some see black and blue while others see white and gold. For those interested in learning more about the science behind this, there’s a great article from that offers a detailed explanation. Check it out if you want to see the mystery of “the dress” unveiled.