Technically speaking, the Met Gala is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Spiritually, though, the Met Gala is something a little grander: a celebration of fashion—thrown, attended, and closely observed by the people who love it. Each year’s event has a theme, and the gala’s attendee’s—what you might call a triple-A-list collection of entertainers, athletes, designers, and celebrities—give their best (or just boldest) spin on it. Last year’s “Camp” theme gave rise to Jared Leto carrying his own head—and also Frank Ocean wearing Prada nylon.
This year’s event celebrates with the opening of the Institute’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibit; accordingly, the dress code is “American Independence.” Take a look below for our favorite looks from the night as they come in.