Ellen Debuts #TheDress: Real Story Behind #WhiteandGold and the Wedding That Started It All
"It turns out the real dress is blue and black. Isn’t that amazing? It’s amazing the real dress is wrong."
Ellen DeGeneres has now given us all the back story behind #TheDress, just as we suspected she would. Ellen invited the woman who posted the photo on Tumblr, the owner of the dress and the two newlyweds whose wedding is tied to the origin of the famous dress photograph onto her show.
Grace MacPhee from Scotland explained that her mother sent her three photos of three different dresses, asking her daughter to help her choose what she would wear to MacPhee and (her then fiance, now husband) Keir Johnston's wedding.
"So I said, 'Which one is it? Which one do you like the best?,' " Grace said she asked her mother. "And she said, 'The third one.' And I said, 'Oh, the white and gold one?' And she said, 'No, the blue and black one.' And I said, 'No, mom, that’s white and gold, and if you think it’s blue and black, you need to go to the doctor's.' "
Johnston agreed with MacPhee's mother, and when they went to ask friends about it, things spiraled from there. Watch to see Grace's mother, Cecilia Bleasdale, join in on the discussion — while wearing the dress. Plus, Ellen (and sponsors) gifted the newlyweds with a honeymoon in Grenada plus $10,000 as a thank you for leaving their honeymoon early to come talk to her about the dress. Oh, and gold-white and black-blue underwear, of course.
Ellen sees the dress in white and gold in the photo and gave a whole monologue about it on her show. "This is why I don’t wear dresses. That’s the reason, right there," said Ellen. "And here’s the crazy thing: It turns out the real dress is blue and black. Isn’t that amazing? It’s amazing the real dress is wrong."
She has an explanation for the whole thing: "The reason this dress looks different is because the dress is an optical illusion created by the devil."