Rest easy! The real colors of #TheDress that may have broken up friendships and started a war of words on Twitter have finally been revealed! That is, according to the woman who saw it in person. Caitlin McNeill, a Scottish folk singer, spoke to BuzzFeed about the viral insanity on Thursday, Feb. 26, the day the dress went viral.
It all began when McNeill and her band Canach were scheduled to perform at her friends Grace and Keir Johnson's wedding on the island of Colonsay. The mother of the bride planned to wear the frock in question, but no one could figure out what color it was based on the photo alone. The future spouses even shared it on Facebook for others to decide. McNeill followed suit by posting it on Tumblr, which really made the guessing game take off.
She insists, however — after seeing it in person — that the outfit is black and blue! Click here to meet the model who wore the dress for the first time.
"We all went crazy trying to figure out why some people were seeing white and gold, and others saw blue and black," McNeill explained to BuzzFeed.
“I showed my band — who were playing at the wedding with me, and we all fell out trying to decide what the problem was,” she continued. “We almost didn’t make it on stage because we were so caught up discussing this dress.”
So was the rest of the world. Celebrities galore were just some of the thousands to make #TheDress, #whiteandgold, and #blackandblue begin to trend. Some were confident in their predictions, some got heated with others, and others thought they were going just plain mad!
"What's the matter with you guys, it's white and gold," Still Alice actress Moore tweeted to Kaling and B.J. Novak. Kaling responded: "W/all due respect I feel like you both just want attention (congratulations on your Oscar tho, I agree with that)."
Moore joked: "I LOVE attention. That's why I'm an actress." Kaling then asked the Oscar winner what color her new gold statue is. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 star quipped: "Black."
Stamos, meanwhile, referenced his former Full House costars. "Mary-Kate and Ashley," he said in place of the colors. As for Teigen? She could care less! "F--k the dress it's heinous."
So, why the confusion? "Light enters the eye through the lens—different wavelengths corresponding to different colors," Wired explains. "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." Chromatic axis varies depending on "how people are wired." If one discounts the blue side, white and gold will be the front winner. Blue and black will take top spot if the person discounts the gold.