In the mid-1920s when this photo was taken, the Industrial Dressmaking and Millinery Program was in its infancy at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (SAIT’s first incarnation). Dressmaking classes were taught on the second floor, in the east wing of Heritage Hall and total expenses, including books, tuition and a recoverable equipment deposit, cost between and per semester for the two-year program.
Post-secondary tuition has changed radically since this time, but it’s clear from this excerpt from the program calendar of the day that SAIT’s focus on training industry-ready grads has not. “The object of this course is to train girls not only for the occupations of dressmaking and millinery, but also to act as capable sales ladies... The girls would command good positions in the larger stores of our cities, and would also be qualified to take charge of ladies’ departments in a general store in any of the towns throughout our province. This training, coupled with trade experience, should qualify them to become capable buyers.”