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How Unhip Amazon Can Walk the Fashion Runway

May 11 (Bloomberg) -- When I caught Jeff Bezos’s eye at the press preview for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new Costume Institute exhibit, which Amazon.com Inc. sponsored, his face burst into an enormous smile. I’d like to think this was because the Amazon chief executive officer likes me so much. (We see each other socially on rare occasions.)

But I suspect he was mostly glad to see anyone he recognized. We were probably the only two people in the room who could tell you who Linus Torvalds is, or Myron Scholes: two nerds, however grown-up and pulled together, in a crowd of fashionistas.