Meredith Etherington-Smith was born in Wales in 1946 and started her journalistic career as a fashion editor in the 1960s.
In the 1970s she became London editor of Paris Vogue and editor of GQ Magazine in the US. Returning to London in the early 1980s she wrote for many national and international magazines and newspapers including The Times and The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs and The New York Times, before becoming Deputy and Features Editor of Harpers & Queen Magazine in 1983.
Since the early 1990s Meredith has written about modern and contemporary art. Founding Director of Art Fortnight London, and past editor of Art Review, she is currently editor-in-chief of Christie's Magazine and London editor of artinfo.com.
Meredith has written several biographies including The "It" Girls, a biography of Elinor Glyn and Lucy Duff-Gordon, and The Persistence of Memory, a biography of Salvador Dali which appeared in 12 languages.
Her most recent book, La France Mandarine, is a study of Shanghai and the French modernist influence on the architecture and interiors of that city, and on Chinese applied arts and crafts in the 1920s and 1930s with a look at contemporary Chinese applied arts.