Debazzled:a blue and black ship, dressed to deceive


The blue and black dress that “melted the Internet” is thought to have done so because its perceived color depended on people using different prior assumptions about discounting the illuminant. However, this is not the first monochromatic object to have confused the public. For a brief period during WWI, RMS Mauretania was dressed in (dazzle) camouflage shades of blue and black/grey, yet she is sometimes depicted by artists, modelers, and historians in a much showier dress of red, blue, yellow, green, and black. I raise the possibility that this originates from a case of public deception deriving from the momentary misperception of a playful artist who neglected to discount the illuminant, propagating the most (perhaps only) successful application of dazzle camouflage known.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Optometry
Life & Health Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Vision, Hearing and Language
Life & Health Sciences > Centre for Vision and Hearing Research
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Uncontrolled Keywords: blue and black dress,dazzle camouflage,discounting the illuminant,cubism,WWI,World War I,sunset,sundown,razzle dazzle,painting,misperception of color,abstract,color constancy,expressionist art
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Published Date: 2015-05-12
Authors: Meese, Tim S. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3744-4679)



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