My visual teachers always said, as a fashion student or a person who likes to look good, you should build your library. If you buy it at a museum or Ebay, you need to build your library and educated yourself on the history on fashion. When doing a project on Ralph Lauren, i came across this beautiful and huge book on Ralph Lauren life, career, and his collections. Another good books is Chanel:The Couturiere at Work, which I own myself and i love it! Just a simple book that i bought at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and you can purchase it at Barnes&Noble website.
Start building your coffee table books!!!