Dress Illusion and Color Test Results
Here, I am trying to find out whether what color one sees when looking at the now famous dress illusion is correlated with normal variation in color vision. This is an informal poll that makes use of the PANTONE® online color challenge. You can reach this poll at
There are three parts.
The first concerns how you see a dress without color.
The second concerns how you see the same dress with color.
The third part asks you to report your results from an online color test. You should take the online color test, record your result (both write down your numerical score and, if possible, take a screen shot of the visual depiction of your result) and then come back to this form.
The dress in black and white:
The color test:
Please take the color test and then fill out this form.
The Dress Without Color
How do you see the dress without color?
The image is at
A discussion of middle gray on Wikipedia
might help you if you're unsure (but don't worry too much; just give it your best answer).
1 white and gray
2 light gray and middle-gray
3 light gray and dark gray
4 middle gray and dark gray
5 gray and black
How do you see the dress?
1 white and gold
2 Light blue and gold
4 Blue and dark gold
5 Blue and black
What is your result on the PANTONE® online color challenge?
Please give your numerical score. I will give instructions for submitting your screenshot (optional) below.
Provide additional information here including who you are.
If you would like to share your color test results in detail, take a screen shot of the result and mail it to
with the subject "Color Test Result" In your email, tell me who you are, and tell me here (using the same name, or ID, which can be anonymous) so that I can correlate your visual results with this submission.
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