All it took was a brief scan of the crowd at the Walters Art Museum gala to notice there was a little something different at this party. A bright red miter drifted amid a sea of bobbing bare heads. A set of enormous puffed velvet sleeves rubbed shoulders with dozens of traditional tuxedos. A gold lame toga twinkled alongside scores of cocktail dresses and gowns.
This was "A Night In The Museum," where guests were encouraged to wear either black-tie attire or a costume inspired by one of the museum's paintings. While the museum's director, Gary Vikan, chose to greet guests in a traditional tux, the three co-chairs of the evening chose the latter. Michael Glick came as a pope. Chuck Nabit arrived as Prince Albert. And Rick Rockwell seemed the elegant country squire in a navy velvet smoking jacket.